PUNE (Metro Rail News): Prime Minister Modi has visited Pune on Sunday where he inaugurated the Pune Metro Rail project around 11:30 AM and unveiled the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the premises of the Pune Municipal Corporation at 11 a.m. He will also lay the foundation stone of several other projects today while visiting the city.
After the inauguration, He took a ride from the Garware college to the Anandnagar metro stations. Prior to boarding the metro train, Modi unveiled a plaque relating to the project, took a review of the entire project from a senior MahaMetro official and proceeded to the booking counter for taking a ticket to board the train from the Garware college station.
PM tweeted this morning to inform about his visit to the city and said “Leaving for Pune where I will be taking part in various programmes including the inauguration of the Metro Rail Project, laying the foundation stone for various development works and attending the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Symbiosis University”.
The official on 5th March said that “The Prime Minister will inaugurate the Pune Metro Rail Project around 11.30 a.m. This project is an endeavour to provide the world-class infrastructure for urban mobility in Pune”. “A 12 km stretch of the total 32.2km Pune metro rail project will be inaugurated,” he added.
Hon’ble PM paid the fare by QR code – mobile-based mode and purchased the ticket. At platform Hon’ble PM pressed the button that made the signal green followed by waiving of the green flag for the inaugural train from Garware College station and PCMC station (through VC). Hon’ble PM and Hon’ble Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Dy CM Shri Ajit Pawar, Industry Minister Shri Subhash Desai, UD Minister Shri Eknath Shinde, Pune Mayor Shri Murlidhar Mohol, PCMC Mayor Smt Mai Dhore. French Ambassador Shri Emmanuel Lenain, AFD India Director Mr Bruno Bosle boarded the inaugural run from Garware college metro station and alighted at Anand nagar metro station. During the travel Hon’ble PM interacted with the students including the divyang students.
At the Anand Nagar Station,99 Hon’ble PM wrote a message in the visitor’s book “I am happy that international standard metro rail service is starting in Pune city. Fast, safe and environmental friendly public transport is available to Pune citizens now. I congratulate all Pune citizens for the successful operation of metro”
Pune metro has two corridors. Vanaz to Ramwadi 15.7 KM (all elevated & 16 stations) & PCMC to Swargate 11.4 KM (6KM underground and rest elevated) with 14 stations. PCMC to Phugewadi section (7KM, five stations) of PCMC to Swargate corridor & Garware to Vanaz section (5 KM &5 stations) of PCMC to Swargate were opened for the public after inaugurated by Hon’ble PM today.
Lots of excitement was seen among Pune citizens at all the stations even before 3 pm when the services are going to started. Everyone rushed to a nearby station to travel on the first train ride after the formal opening of Garware station to vanaz station and PCMC station to Phugewadi station route.
The minimum fare is Rs 10 and the maximum fare Rs 20 (return fare Rs 30). There is services after every 30 minute from 8 am to 9 pm of a day. People visited stations in thousands out of excitement and to be part of this historical moment. Women’s, children, students, Sr citizens, college students were taking photographs and selfies to keep memories of this historical run. Pune metro gallery “Dream Coming True” is star attraction for selfie.
On March 6, 2022, services started on both inaugural sections from 3 pm. Till 8.30 pm on Garware station to Vanaz station route 14251 passengers travelled and PCMC to Swargate route 4414 passengers travelled.
The foundation stone of the metro project was also laid by Mr. Modi on December 24, 2016, and this ambitious metro project is being built at the cost of more than ₹11,400 crores. The project will involve works such as river edge protection, interceptor sewage network, public amenities, boating activity etc. The Mula-Mutha River pollution abatement project will be implemented on the concept of “One City One Operator” at a cost of over ₹1,470 crores. A total of 11 sewage treatment plants will be constructed under this project, with a combined capacity of around 400 MLD.
During his visit, PM will launch 100 e-buses and e-bus depot constructed at Baner in Pune and will also inaugurate the R. K. Laxman Art Gallery. After this, the Prime Minister will kickstart the golden jubilee celebration of Symbiosis University at around 1.45 p.m.