State okays Pune-Nashik railway plan
Pune: Ajit Pawar, Maharashtra deputy chief minister and finance minister, has okayed the pending Pune- Nashik railway project in his annual budget 2021-22.
Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal, managing director, Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MahaRail) said, “The state has approved the Pune-Nashik railway project. Once we get the requisite approval from the central government’s cabinet committee and the Prime Minister’s office (PMO), the work would start on ground. We have already begun land acquisition process for the project.”
Pawar said, “The proposed length of the medium high speed railway line is about 235 km and 24 stations are planned on the route. The speed of the train will be 200 km per hour and the expected cost of the project is Rs16,039 crore.”
Shirur MP Amol Kolhe said, “For the last one year I was following the project and gave a presentation to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and Pawar. Post the Covid outbreak, we were worried about land acquisition issues, but the state’s approval will push the plan forward.”
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