MAHARASHTRA, INDIA (Metro Rail News): On Thursday, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha Metro) will prepare a detailed project report introducing Metro-Neo service on the city’s proposed high-capacity mass transit route.
The high-capacity mass transit route is planned as a 36 KM long elevated way with dedicated lanes for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and personal vehicles. Metro-Neo will be part of the HCMTR; the practical research report will give the authorities a better idea of implementing it.
On Thursday, Maha Metro said it had held preliminary discussions with Pune municipal corporation and mayor Murlidhar Mohol on Metro-Neo’s feasibility.
Deputy chief minister Shri Ajit Pawar and Ex CM Shri Devendra Fadnavis support this proposal.
We had discussions with mayor Murlidhar Mohol and PMC authorities about the DPR for the Metro-Neo project. We have also received a letter from the mayor. Metro-Neo is a reduced cost and efficient solution for the citizens, also being implemented in Nashik. However, the practical research is expected to take approximately one year, said Shri Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maha Metro.
Congress leader Abu Bagul, following HCMTR for many years, said it was needed to strengthen the city’s public transport infrastructure. The town needs HCMTR. It has to drag for many years; we have recently given it a push. Now the metro-neo is being studied.
Union government will finance the Metro-Neo project, as it can be classified as the latest proposal distinct from the ongoing Pune metro rail work, said Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Ex-CM, Maharashtra.
Activists are worried the project will have ramifications for the environment. Some said HCMTR would encourage the use o private vehicles and eventually defeat the purpose of strengthening public transport. The Pimpri Chinchwad civic body has proposed Metro-Neo in its jurisdiction. Maha Metro’s study will also focus on how the two can be seamlessly integrated.