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6-km underground Metro tunnel between Agri college and Swargate to be operational by December 2020

As per the plan, the elevated stretch will start at Pimpri and go via Nashik Phata, Dapodi, Bopodi and Khadki up to Shivaji Nagar. The Metro route from Agriculture college depot to Swargate will be a underground one. The route alignment and locations of the stations are yet to be finalised.

pune Updated: Jun 14, 2018 14:30 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The construction work for the Metro is going on in full swing along the 16-km long Swargate-Pimpri route and the 14-km-long Vanaz to Ramwadi route. (HT PHOTO)

The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation(Maha-Metro) conducted a pre-bid meeting for phase 1 of the project which runs from Agricultural College to Budhwar Peth (Kasba peth station) on Wednesday. The officials from the Maha-Metro informed that seven firms expressed interest in the project.

Earlier, the Maha-Metro had on Tuesday floated tenders for the second phase of the underground section of the Pune Metro rail project which will be between Budhwar Peth(Kasba peth station) to Swargate.

The construction work for the Metro is going on in full swing along the 16-km long Swargate-Pimpri route and the 14-km-long Vanaz to Ramwadi route.

As per the plan, the elevated stretch will start at Pimpri and go via Nashik Phata, Dapodi, Bopodi and Khadki up to Shivaji Nagar. The Metro route from Agriculture college depot to Swargate will be a underground one. The route alignment and locations of the stations are yet to be finalised.

The Maha-Metro has planned to connect 6-km stretch from Agriculture College to Swargate through an underground tunnel in two phases.

Ramnath Subramaniam, executive chairman, Maha-Metro said,“This is the most challenging phase of the metro construction. Seven private firms have shown interest for phase 1 in the pre-bid meeting that was held on Wednesday. Next week, we will arrange a pre-bid meeting for the second phase and which we will know the number of responses for the second phase.There should be continuous monitoring system to analyse the impact of vibration on the surroundings.”

The Maha-Metro floated two separate tenders for the two underground sections of the Pune Metro rail project.Tender for the first phase include design,construction of tunnels from agricultural college,Shivajinagar civil court,Budhwar Peth (Kasba peth station).However tender for second phase include design,construction of tunnels from Swargate,Mahatma Phule Mandai and Budhwar Peth (Kasba peth station).Interested firms can submit their bid after scrutinisation Mahametro will issue work order.

Subramaniam informed that,the actual work on the project will start by September 2018.

Officials informed that tunnel boring technology (TBT) will be used for the underground construction work. Maha-Metro will use 4 tunnel boring machines by digging a 28 by 28 meter opening near the Agricultural College.There will be three station in the first phase and two in the second phase.