NASIK (Metro Rail News): In order to facilitate the proposed Pune-Nasik semi-high-speed railway project, the Ahmednagar district administration has employed the direct purchase scheme to acquire approximately 19 hectares of land from local farmers.
The proposed Pune-Nashik Semi High-Speed Rail corridor project spans a distance of 234.60 kilometres and aims to connect Pune and Nashik in Maharashtra via 24 stations. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 16,039 crore, with a target completion date of 2027. Upon completion, passenger trains on the greenfield line will travel at a top speed of 200 kmph, with a travel time of two hours between Pune and Nashik. The project will pass through the districts of Pune, Ahmednagar, and Nashik.
Ashok Garud, chief advisor of Maharail (a joint venture of the Ministry of Railways and Maharastra Government), revealed that 293 hectares of land is necessary for the 69-kilometre railway track, with 19 hectares already acquired for Rs 30 crore. Garud mentioned that an additional 242 hectares of land need to be obtained, and the valuation for eight villages has been concluded.
Shashikant Mangrule, the Sub-Divisional Officer for Sangamner Tehsil, confirmed that the proposed project requires 46 hectares of land from the forest department and five hectares of land from the government.