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Pune Metro rail project gets green signal from Uni...

Pune Metro rail project gets green signal from Union Cabinet

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On December 7, the Union cabinet approved the first phase of the Pune Metro rail project covering a distance of 31.254 km over two corridors- Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Swargate corridor covering 16.6 km and Vanaz to Ramwadi corridor covering 14.7 km. While the first corridor will be a mix of underground and elevated sections, the second corridor (Vanaz to Ramwadi) will be completely elevated.

The total cost of developing the metro rail corridor is estimated at Rs 11, 420 crore, and the project is expected to be completed in five years from the time work begins. The project will be jointly owned by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO – jointly owned by the state and the Central government). This will benefit around 50 lakh people in the Pune metropolitan area. It will be covered under the legal framework of the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, and the Railways Act, 1989, as amended from time to time.

The existing Nagpur Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRCL), which is a joint Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) of the Central and Maharashtra governments, will be reconstituted into the MAHA-METRO for implementation of all state metro projects, except the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

A press statement issued by the central government stated, “The approved alignments are expected to provide much needed connectivity to commuters and will traverse through some of the densest and traffic congested routes in the Pune metropolitan area.” The much-anticipated launch of the Pune metro project ahead of the civic polls has triggered a tussle between political parties over who should launch the works.

Journey from scratch to here

DATE

APPROVALS

Nov 2006

Standing committee approves DPR for the metro

March 2009

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation submits the DRP to PMC

March 2010

General Body approves DPR

Feb 2012

State government gives in-principle approval

Jan 2013

In- Principle approval of the centre

Feb 2013

Head for Pune Metro opened in the Budget

Sept 2013

State approves the project

May–September 2013

PMC clarifies the doubts raised by the Centre

March 2015

Rs 126 Crore allotted to project in union budget and ; State govt. Allots Rs 174 crore

April 2015

Report of guardian minister committee suggests change

June 2016

Pre-Public Investment Board clears the projects

Oct 2016

PIB approves the projects

Nov 2016

Union finance minister approves metropolitan

Dec 2016

Prime Minister’s office clears the project


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