Pune Metro | Metro rail project sidelined yet again in Maharashtra Budget

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The BJP-led state government has followed the Centre footsteps by earmarking a limited budgetary provision for Pune Metro rail project, sidelining the city again.

“The allocation of Rs 180 crore for Metro rail of Pune and Nagpur has been made for 2016-17,” said state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar in his Budget speech in the state assembly on Friday. It has been learnt that Rs 45 crore has been allotted by the state government to Pune Metro rail while Rs 135 crore for Nagpur Metro rail. Earlier, the Centre in its Budget for 2016-17 made a provision of Rs 10 crore for Pune Metro rail while allocating Rs 605 crore for Nagpur Metro rail.

“It was expected that the state would make less provision to Pune Metro rail. The Nagpur Metro rail got a good allocation from the Centre and the state made contribution accordingly towards it,” said a PMC officer.

The ruling NCP in PMC had already expressed displeasure over the Centre making less budgetary provision for Pune. Mayor Prashant Jagtap had said that he would protest against the government for the poor allocation for Pune Metro rail.

“The PMC would take up the issue with the state government as all administrative process for Pune Metro rail was completed but the Centre was not giving approval for it,” he said, adding, this is despite the BJP leaders representing eight assembly seats from the city and Lok Sabha seat of Pune.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had submitted the proposal for Pune Metro rail in 2009 estimating the project cost to be Rs 7,984 crore which was revised in 2015 with new estimate to Rs 11,522 crore. The cost is for the two routes from Swargate to Pimpri-Chinchwad and Vanaz to Ramwadi.

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