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Project cost of Katraj-Swargate BRTS route escalates by Rs 30 crore as PMC misses third deadline

PMC missed the deadlines on May 31 and August 1, 2018, earlier because of bureaucratic reasons along with a delay in the process of land acquisition

pune Updated: Dec 25, 2018 15:52 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
The work on the Katraj-Swargate BRTS corridor is yer to be completed with large uncovered drains threatening the lives of commuters.
The work on the Katraj-Swargate BRTS corridor is yer to be completed with large uncovered drains threatening the lives of commuters.(HT/PHOTO)
         

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has missed its third deadline (December 18) for the completion of the proposed Katraj to Swargate Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor which has resulted into the escalation of the project cost by Rs 30 crore.

PMC missed the deadlines on May 31 and August 1, 2018, earlier because of bureaucratic reasons along with a delay in the process of land acquisition.

In the year 2016, when the work for the BRTS corridor commenced, the civic body had floated a tender of Rs 75 crore, however, the entire amount has exhausted and the work is not yet complete. 

Ajay Wayase, executive engineer of the road department in PMC, said, “Currently, the work of the proposed BRTS route from Swargate to Katraj is in progress. Out of the total 10 bus stops on the route, we have completed the work of seven bus stops. As the funds exhausted last month, we have floated a fresh tender of Rs 30 crore for the pending work of the remaining three bus stops.” 

The PMC had undertaken the work of the realignment of the bus stops for the BRTS route in the previous year(2017). The work for the project commenced from the main junction at Katraj. 

According to Wayase, work for the remaining three bus stops will be completed by the end of March. 

He said, “Currently, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) also lacks the fleet strength to run on the BRTS corridor. When the department inducts new buses, we will simultaneously complete the BRTS route as well, thus, benefiting the PMPML as well as the citizens.” 

The overhaul of the 5.4 km BRTS corridor will ensure better services for PMPML bus passengers. The current work in progress includes rearrangement of the BRTS lane and bus stops. 

The PMC has also planned changes in the alignment of footpaths and service lanes. The footpaths along the service lanes are being shifted to the outermost lanes. An extra lane is being added on both sides of the road to increase its vehicle carrying capacity and to streamline vehicular movement. 

PMC misses deadline

Cost of the project

In 2016 : Rs 75 crore

In 2018: Rs 105 crore

(Cost increased in 2018 by Rs 30 crore)

Deadlines missed 

May 31, 2018 

August 1, 2018 

December, 2018 

 Expected time of completion

March 2019 

Proposed BRTS corridors in the city 

Katraj Swarage (Pilot Project) 

Karve Road (Khanduji Baba Chowk to Warje) 

Paud Road (Paud Phata to Chandni Chowk) 

Tilak Road 

Singhgad Road 

Shivaji Road 

Bajirao Road 

JM Road 

FC Road 

Baner Road 

Ganesh Khind Road 

Jehangir Hospital to Maldhakka Chowk 

Airport to Ramwadi 

Airport to Vishrantwadi 

Kalyaninagar to Alandi

First Published: Dec 25, 2018 15:51 IST