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Pune Metro will not miss deadline, says Brijesh Dixit

After one year of Maha-Metro project launch, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd managing director Brijesh Dixit says Metro will also highlight the city’s cultural and historic heritage.

pune Updated: Jan 24, 2018 15:23 IST
The ongoing Metro work between Dapodi and Pimpri in Pune. Pune Metro project was launched in January 23 last year.(HT PHOTO)

The design of each station has been planned is such a way that it showcases the cultural and historic heritage of Pune. The stations will have solar roofs and walkways inspired by the history of the particular areas,” said Brijesh Dixit, managing director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.

Dixit was speaking at a discussion session organised on the Metro work completed so far to mark the first anniversary of Maha-Metro.

Later, at a function in Pimpri-Chinchwad, he said, “I am assuring you that the Metro will not miss the deadline.”

Pune municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar, Maha-Metro executive director Ramnath Subramaniam, orthopaedic physician Dr KH Sancheti, art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, Maharashtra Metro Railway Corporation technical advisor Shashikant Limaye, landscape designer Mahesh Nampurkar and Swati Mujumdar of Symbiosis Education Trust were present at the meet.

Dixit said that Pune Metro has been planned in such a way that it will highlight the rich cultural and historic heritage of the city. Apart from highlighting the cultural heritage, the Metro will focus on being environment friendly and 65 per cent of solar power would be used. He also spoke about the replantation work done to protect trees that come under the Metro areas.

The Metro work in progress in Pune. (HT PHOTO)

Sharing his views on Pune Metro and need for integrated transport system, Kumar said that a group of 120 engineers from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited would be trained on integrated transport planning for the next two years.

He added that a unified metropolitan transport authority will also soon come up which will take care of all transport aspects in the city, including pedestrians.

Desai said that the look and feel of Pune city must be highlighted through the design of the Metro station and assured to extend help.

Replantation of trees that fall under the Metro project areas is also being carried out. (HT PHOTO)

Dr Sancheti said, “I am associated with Pune city for the past 82 years. In these years I have seen the city change. The city has been expanding and so is the traffic. This has resulted in growing traffic congestion and the pollution caused by vehicles is also growing. To address this issue, increasing the width of road is not a solution but Metro can help in a big way. Also, use of solar energy in Metro would be helpful.”

Mujumdar said, “Metro stops should be convenient for students and the facility should operate during late hours as well.”

Addressing the issues of safety concern of students, Dixit said that Metro would work for late hours and will be monitored by CCTVs and will have panic buttons. He added that discounted cards for students will also be introduced.

DPRs for the extension of Metro till Katraj and Nigdi to be submitted soon

We have started preparing the detailed project reports (DPR) for the extension of Metro till Katraj and Nigdi and will soon submit it to the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations, and other authorities. And the plan to extend the Metro will benefit the residents who have been demanding it for long,” said Brijesh Dixit, managing director, Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), also known as Maha-Metro. The Maha-Metro chief was addressing a press conference at Citrus hotel in Pimpri on Tuesday on the occasion of the completion of one year of Pune Metro rail project launch in Pune.

“We are happy that the project has gained momentum, and will speed up efficiently in the coming months. The work of viaduct portion from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Range Hills, awarded to Hyderabad-based infrastructure construction company NCC, has already been taken up in full swing. I am assuring you that the Metro will not miss the deadline,” he said.

In the past one year since the launch, Maha-Metro has started work in the segment between pier number 349 and pier number 348 in the PCMC to Range Hills stretch through the ground launching system near Kharalwadi.

As on date, 75 footings, 32 piers, 10 numbers of pier cap and 102 numbers of segments have been casted between PCMC and Range Hills areas. Nine elevated stations are planned between these two spots. The length of each station is 140 m and width is 21 m. There will be four entry/exits for each station and provision for escalator and lifts.

The work for station footings has started at Sant Tukaramnagar in Pimpri. GPR (ground penetrating radar) work is completed for four stations to find out the location of underground utilities. Manual trenching work is in progress at four stations between PCMC and Range Hills to confirm the underground utilities, to finalise the groundwork for construction drawings.

On January 23, 2017, the work on Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Maha-Metro) Pune Metro Rail Project in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad area had started. The authorities organised a field visit for the media representatives on the occasion of completion of one year. Officials also showed the proposed CME subway, casting yard, Metro help centre and the progress of the construction of the project.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 15:17 IST