PUNE (Metro Rail News): Maharastra CM Ajit Pawar has directed Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) to search the possibility of two-tier flyovers, comprising a vehicular thoroughfare and a metro flyover- at three key junctions in the city.
PMRDA is developing the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar corridor of the Pune Metro project. If executed, the proposal would entail the demolition of the current flyovers at University Chowk, E-Square Chowk and RBI Chowk.
The proposal calls for the flyover and the Metro flyover to come upon the same existing pillars, along with the lines of the double-decker flyover moving up at Nal Stop on Karve Road. Yet, the authorities had deemed the possibility of maintaining the current University flyover and construct the elevated Metro rail line over it.
Sources in the state govt said that with the 2022 deadline for all the Metro lines to become operational, Pawar’s fresh directive could cause a delay and also increase the project cost by over Rs 600 crore. “These flyovers were constructed between 2007-10. Their demolition would put a huge burden on the state exchequer,” a senior govt official said.
According to the agreement between the project executor and PMRDA signed last September, The date for the financial closure of the project was March-end, within three years of which the project must be completed.
“Demolishing the flyover and re-constructing a two-tier structure would extend the operational period by two more years. This would be a violation of the agreement,” a source said.
Meanwhile, transport experts from the city have opposed the Metro lines with flyovers. “Why to give the option of taking out one’s private vehicle when there is a Metro line on the same route?” one expert said.
New line’s report submitted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) the initial project report for the proposed 18 kilometres elevated Shivajinagar-Shewalwadi Metro corridor. PMRDA officials stated DMRC would soon prepare the detailed project report (DPR).