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Recently, the Defence estates office of the Pune circle handed over approximately 8.2 acres of Defence land in the Range Hills area of the Khadki cantonment to the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited [MahaMetro].

At present, the management of Director General Ordnance Factory [DGOF] has its control on the land and covers five land surveys in the Khadki Cantonment Board [KCB] limits.

One of the senior officials said that this land has been handed over to MahaMetro on an ‘as-is-where-is’ basis to develop station facilities, parking and right of way for the Pune Metro rail project.

The MahaMetro official also said that the MahaMetro begun work on the metro line anytime soon as it passes through the Defence land as it is a crucial development. The official also said that we have moved our inventory to the site. We will try to begin work on viaduct and pillars at the earliest.

The MahaMetro will build a viaduct from Dapodi that will cross over the river and will enter into the Khadki area. Continuing the track, the metro will pass through the Khadki railway station towards the Range Hills area. From here the metro route will go underground to Swargate via Shivajinagar.

Earlier to this, both MahaMetro and the State Government had submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Defence to get work permission granted and also handed over a portion of the land required for the project.

One of the officials said that in October 2018, the Ministry gave permission for the Defence land transfer. However this permission was subject to terms and conditions. Also, both the authorities agreed to fulfill all the terms and conditions.

The official further said that the process to acquire equal value land in lieu of the transferred portion of Defence land is underway and it will be finalized soon. The army authorities have figured out the designated land plots in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation areas.

The official also informed that the 2,126.71 sqm of land under the control of the College of Military Engineering [CME] will be transferred once the concerned authorities complete the college’s stipulations regarding security.

“The college is a Category ‘A’ Defence training institution. Many army officers of the Corps of Engineers undergo training here. Hence, the security of the campus is of huge importance and while considering the threat perception, all the necessary safety features are kept in place to make the campus more secure.

This metro line is 16.59km of the Pune Metro project that connects Pimpri to Swargate. Nearly 11.5km of the line, from Pimpri to Range Hills is elevated and is planned to have nine stations. The work on elevated stretch till Dapodi has begun and at the underground section at the agriculture college and Swargate.