Pune Metro's Swargate to Katraj corridor gets approval from Pune Municipal Corporation

 

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Pune, India (Metro Rail Today)
: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) general body approved the proposed extension of the Nigdi-Swargate corridor of Pune Metro on September 22, 2021.The 5.4-km-long stretch will be completely underground and will have three stations. The name of the stations are Gultekdi Market, Padmavati Chowk and Katraj Junction.

The project will require a total cost of Rs 4,020 crore of which Rs 323 crore (10 per cent) will come from the Union government, Rs 485 crore (15 per cent) from the state government and Rs 485 crore (15 per cent) from the PMC.

Atul Gadgil (an official of Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited) said, 

It was considered if the extension should be entirely underground, partially underground or completely over the ground. We have come to the conclusion that a completely underground metro will be feasible in this part of the city. We won’t face much trouble when it comes to land acquisition. There’s about 6,000 square metres of private land which we will be required to acquire from private entities. Rest of the land (17,188 square metres) is owned by PMC or state government agencies.

Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) had initially planned a 16.59 km Corridor 1 from PCMC headquarters to Swargate, two extensions were proposed to the line. The first extension of 4.41 km from PCMC headquarters to Bhakti Shakti Chowk in Nigdi was approved earlier this year. Now, another extension has also been approved. 

MMRCL will now approach the state government for approval, after which it will seek the permission of central government. The tenders are expected to be issued in April-May 2022 and actual work is expected to start in July-August 2022. The metro operations on this stretch may start by June 2026.

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