PUNE (Metro Rail News): The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) has sought suggestions from Pune Cantonment Board and Pune Municipal Corporation on extending the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro line to Hadapsar.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had prepared a draft detailed project report (DPR) suggesting the extension, and PMRDA officials said were awaiting “suggestions and comments” from PCB and PMC.
The plan originally sanctioned provides for a 23km elevated Metro corridor from the IT hub of Hinjewadi to Civil Court in Shivajinagar. The draft DPR suggests connecting Hinjewadi to the Hadapsar industrial hub, which would mean a 14km extension. “The extension would connect Shivajinagar to Phursungi or Saswad Road.
This will boost connectivity to the Phursungi IT park and even to the proposed Purandar airport,” a PMRDA official said, adding that the extension if approved, will be taken up only in the second phase of the work on this Metro line. “The draft DPR has been submitted to the local authorities (PMC and PCB) for their comments, as the proposed extension will pass through both their jurisdictions.
Once PCB and PMC give their suggestions, we will forward them to DMRC, which will include it in the final draft of the DPR. The state government will then clear the proposal,” the official added, explaining the road ahead. In 2015, PMRDA appointed DMRC as a project consultant for this Metro corridor.
DMRC carried out a passenger survey and a feasibility study and, taking into account citizens’ demands to connect the two IT hubs of Hinjewadi and Phursungi, prepared a draft DPR, suggesting an extension of the corridor till Hadapsar The Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar corridor will comprise 23 stations, while the 14km extension will have a further 14 stations.
The other two Metro corridors being developed by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited – Pimpri-Swargate and Vanaz-Ramwadi – will intersect with the PMRDA line at the Civil Court station, which is being planned as a multimodal transport hub.
The Pimpri-Swargate is elevated for 11.57km, till the Range Hills station, after which is runs underground till Swargate, while the 16.67km Vanaz-Ramwadi route is completely elevated. “If the Metro line is extended, the cost of the project will increase. The state government will have to decide whether the second phase of the project too will be implemented on the public-private partnership basis,” a PMRDA official said.
At the moment, the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro corridor costs Rs260 crore per kilometer. The 14km extension is expected to add Rs3,000 crore to the project cost.