Pune Metro: Foundation for 59 pillars to be finished before monsoon
With rains expected to hit the city next month, the work of Metro has gained momentum with Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha-Metro) aiming to complete the foundation work of pillars before the arrival of monsoon.
Addressing a press conference, Gautam Birhade, chief project manager, Pune Metro, said, “A total of 59 foundations will be erected in Mutha riverbed. While the work for 17 pillars have already been completed, we will complete the remaining before the arrival of monsoon.”
He further added, “We will work as long as possible. However, if water fills in the foundations, we will be forced to stop the work. Nevertheless, we are confident of completing the work before the rainy season.”
The work at the riverbed will be completed by the end of June, added Birhade.
Pune Metro is a Metro rail based rapid transit system under construction to serve the city of Pune and its industrial twin, Pimpri-Chinchwad. The project comprises three lines with a total length of 54.58 km, of which two lines, Swargate to Chinchwad and Kothrud to Ramwadi, are being developed by Maha-Metro, while the third line, Shivajinagar to Hinjewadi, is being developed by Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).
Around 1.5 kilometre of the Metro route passes through Mutha riverbed near Deccan.
According to Maha-Metro officials, work for erecting pillars will continue even during the monsoon season and will only be halted during heavy showers or during heavy water discharge in the river.
Meanwhile, Maha-Metro officials said the work on the anticipated multi-modal transport hub at Swargate, undertaken by the Maha-Metro, is also expected to commence from the month of June.
Birhade said, “The tender for the multi-modal hub has already been awarded to a company. We already have the land, which belonged to Pune Municipal Corporation. The work will begin in June.” The integrated transport hub aims to reduce traffic congestion at the chowk by bringing all transport services under one roof.
Birhade said, “For each tree which we will cut down during Metro work, we will plant one in different areas of the city. We already have a 15 acre plot in Dighe and a six acre plot in Aundh allocated for the same purpose. We also have another 40 acres in Taljai and five acres in Akurdi.”
All the plants will be transplanted and additional plants will also be planted, added Birhade.