In order to smoothen up connectivity between the two major areas of Pune city, i.e. Hinjewadi and Balewadi, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is planning to start the metro operations by 2020. The 8-Km long which will be completely elevated is currently under construction and will help in easing traffic congestion issues in the city.
This stretch is the part of the third Metro corridor in the city which is 25.5 km long and extends from Maan to civil court. The expected cost of this stretch is Rs 8,313-crore. It will help in easing traffic woes of lakhs of commuters who travel on a daily basis to Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjewadi.
According to senior PMRDA official, the plan is to construct the complete route in two phases. The Hinjewadi-Balewadi route will be operational next year, while the work on Balewadi- Civil Court starts once the first phase will be over.
Giving more information on the above Vikram Kumar, PMRDA Commissioner said, “Currently, we are conducting soil testing on the route. We are waiting for the signing of the agreement with the infra major. Once that will be done, the construction work will start. We want to deliver the entire stretch in the next two years.”
He further informed that the joint working group members from both PMRDA and Tata Realty are expected to submit their report next week.
A few days back, Maharashtra CM took a review meeting on all the major infrastructural development including the metro line and ordered the authority to kick start the work on all the Projects soon.
Both central and state government are providing up the land which comes under their jurisdiction for the route. PMRDA commissioner said that they currently wanted to execute the project as soon as possible so that it should not fall into any hindrance due to upcoming assembly elections.
For the construction of Depot, the authority is also in talks with the villagers of Hinjewadi to acquire 13 hectares of land.