MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The Pune-Nashik Semi High-Speed Rail has been approved by the NITI Aayog, Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve informed on Friday, 29th April. Now the project has gained speed and will go to the Union Cabinet for final approval.
Land acquisition has also started after the project received approval from the state government as well as the Railway Board. This route will require 1,470 hectares of land in 102 villages. A joint survey for land acquisition and alignment in villages is being completed. Land acquisition has been done in five villages and they have been given proper compensation.
As per the project, as soon as the high-speed train leaves Pune railway station, it will run on the elevated route to Hadapsar. After that, it will run from Hadapsar to Nashik railway station. The train will stop at Chakan, Manchar, Narayangaon, Alephata, Sangamner, Sinnar and Nashik. The train will run at a speed of 200 kmph on this route and can reach a maximum speed of 250 kmph. The total cost of this project is Rs. 16,039 crore.
The inclusion of the railway budget in the central budget has been beneficial. Between 2009 and 2014, Maharashtra received Rs 1,100 crore. But this year, Rs 11,000 crore has been given to Maharashtra, said Danve.