Pune Metro work for Vanaz to Ramwadi begins

Pune guardian minister Girish Bapat assured at the ground-breaking ceremony that the operations of the Pune Metro will start by 2021

pune Updated: Sep 28, 2017 23:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Maha Metro project site at Vanaz Corner, Kothrud in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

PUNE: Nine months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Metro rail project in Pune, the Maha Metro corporation started work on the second corridor between Vanaz to Ramwadi on Thursday.

Guardian minister Girish Bapat, who along with Pune mayor Mukta Tilak were present for the ground-breaking ceremony, assured that the operations of the Pune Metro will start by 2021 in the city.

The Vanaz to Ramwadi metro corridor has been one of the most controversial route for the Pune Metro with activists and politicians raising objections over it in the past. Country’s green watchdog National Green Tribunal (NGT) also hearing a case related to the corridor.

The Vanaz to Ramwadi corridor is completely elevated and some part of it is going from Mutha riverbed from Nal Stop to Pune Municipal Corporation headquarters. The environmental activists have approached NGT opposing construction of the Metro route from Mutha riverbed near Deccan.

Guardian minister Girish Bapat (centre) speaking at the Maha Metro site at Vanaz Corner, Kothrud in Pune on Thursday. (HT PHOTO)

The work of the first corridor between Pimpri-Chinchwad and Swargate is already underway with Maha Metro, the executing body for Pune Metro rail, able to erect 10 pillars so far.

Bapat said that all hurdles facing the speedy completion of both the corridors will be addressed in an efficient manner. While referring to the issue of Shiv Shrusthi and Metro rail station at Kothrud bus stop, Bapat said that the matter will be resolved soon. While the corporators in Pune Municipal Corporation wants Shiv Shrusthi (Memorial of Chhatrapati Shivaji) to be installed at the garbage depot land at Kothrud, Maha Metro has demanded the land for its station.

Bapat said, “The state government and the civic body will sort out this issue and try to accommodate both at the same place. I can say with certainty that both the projects will get completed in time.”

Meanwhile, advocate Asim Sarode, one of the petitioners in NGT, objected to starting of work as the case is pending in the court. Sarode said, “Maha Metro should first allow the NGT to dispose of the case and then start construction of the project.

MEGA PROJECT

Corridor Two- Vanaz to Ramwadi

Length -14.665 km

Number of stations- 16

Completely elevated corridor and both Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi corridor would get integrated at Shivajinagar court

Project started: December 2016

Project expected to be completed: 2021

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 23:46 IST