PUNE (Metro Rail News): The AFD team led by Mrs Setareh Ataian, Task Team leader and Mr Rajnish Ahuja, Project Leader AFD India visited the Pune Metro on 20th & 21st July 2022 to take an overview of the project.
The Team visited the PCMC station and took a ride from PCMC to Phugewadi. The team was also keen to know about the PCMC to Nigdi line extension. The AFD team also visited the Civil court office, the Mutha riverfront along the metro alignment, the Underground section, and the Vanaz andRange hill car depots.
Metro officials apprised the AFD team about the social and environmental initiatives taken by Maha Metro, Multi-Modal Integration (MMI), and the O & M implementation. Maha Metro officials apprised of the non-fare revenue box projection and planning done by Maha Metro.
Pune Metro has two corridors PCMC to Swargate (11.4 km)and Vanaz to Ramwadi (15.7 km). Out of the total 33.2 km line, 12 km was recently inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6th March 2022. The French Ambassador to India, H.E. Mr Emmanuel Lenain was present during the Inauguration of Pune Metro on 6th March 2022.
The sections which were inaugurated are PCMC to Phugewadi and Vanaz to Garware college. The work of the remaining 21.2 km is going in full swing. The total cost of the project is Rs. 11,420 Cr. Maha Metro has taken a loan from two international funding agencies viz. AFD (Agence Française de Développement) France and EIB (European Investment Bank)
AFD France has funded the Reach 3 viaduct, Traction & Auxiliary Power Supply, OHE, Signalling, Telecom, Lifts & Escalators, Environment Control System (ECS), Tunnel Ventilation System (TVS), and rails for the project. All combined, AFD has funded Rs. 1669.55 Cr for the Pune Metro project. AFD has also funded the Nagpur Metro Project being executed by Maha Metro. The association between Pune Metro & AFD France is growing steadily.