MRIDC starts process to build 20 railway stations for Pune-Nashik semi-highspeed rail line

This ambitious project is estimated to cost Rs 16,039 cr and is expected to be completed in 1,200 days.

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MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MRIDC) has started the process to construct 20 railway stations on the 235.15-km broad-gauge rail on Pune-Nashik semi-high speed rail line.

This ambitious project is estimated to cost Rs 16,039 cr and is expected to be completed in 1,200 days. This line will have 24 stations and 18 tunnels on the route passing through Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts and is claimed to be the first low-cost semi-highspeed rail corridor in the country which will provide seamless connectivity to industrial zones of Pune and Nashik, such as Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar, Narayangaon, Sinnar, Satpur.

The major reason why this project is much awaited is that it is expected to bring down the travel time between the two cities to less than two hours. “We have started the empanelment of civil contractors for the construction of railway station buildings along with that of residential accommodation, platforms, foot overbridges, station circulating areas and other utility structures, including architectural finishing, plumbing and high voltage electrical works, heating, ventilation and air conditioning in connection with the new high-speed electrified double rail line between Pune and Nashik,” said an MRIDC official.

The construction of approximately 20 stations in the Pune-Nashik line, including Pune, Hadapsar, Manjari, Wagholi, Alandi, Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Manchar, Narayangaon, Alephata, Bota, Sakur, Ambore, Sangamner, Nimon, Nandur Shingote, Sinnar, Muhdari, Wadgaon and Nashik has been started. The infrastructure such as station buildings and residential accommodation will be constructed as per Indian Railways’ standard specifications, guidelines and design parameters with solar panels installed.

The approval for this project was given by the railways in June 2020 and is expected to boost tourism, pilgrimage along the trade.

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