PUNE (Metro Rail News): Pune may soon get a new metro route from Khadakwasla to Hadapsar as the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is likely to approve the detailed project report (DPR) in the next general body meeting. The Pune Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (PUMTA) has already given its approval to the project.
Once approved by the PMC and the state government, the proposal will be submitted to the Centre for final approval. The Centre will share the financial burden with the Maharashtra government and the PMC.
Both the Tata Group and Maha Metro have expressed interest in developing the metro route. The PMC needs to decide between the two for speedy execution.
In the previous year, Maha Metro submitted proposals for various metro routes in Pune, including Vanaz to Chandni Chowk, Ramwadi to Wagholi, Khadakwasla to Swargate, SNDT to Warje, Hadapsar to Kharadi, Swargate to Hadapsar, and the high-capacity mass-transit route (HCMTR) in the city center. The Tata Group, along with the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), is jointly working on metro line 3 (Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar) under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.
The expansion of metro line 3 to Civil Court and Hadapsar is planned. However, the Swargate to Katraj metro route is still awaiting approval from the central government before Maha Metro can begin work on it.