Pune: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the Pune Metro rail project on December 24 and the district administration has begun preparations for the PM’s visit. The Union cabinet had recently approved the proposal for Pune Metro and the local BJP unit had declared that the foundation stone would be laid by the Prime Minister, despite the NCP, which leads the Pune Municipal Corporation, passing a resolution, along with the Congress and the MNS, on NCP chief Sharad Pawar laying the foundation stone of the project.
The event is important as the election code of conduct for the PMC polls might come into force after that and the political parties don’t want to miss a chance to claim credit for the project.
The function is scheduled to be held at the SSPMS ground and the district administration has started preparing for it. The implementing agency — Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd — has started preparing for the project and its Managing Director, Brajesh Dixit, visited the city to review the work plan.
“The Pune Metro rail work will be started without any further delay. The Metro team has undertaken the various requisite surveys before the actual start of work. The geo-technical survey would be taken up to ascertain the kind of soil where the Metro route would be laid,” said Dixit.
He added that the detailed project report of Pune Metro rail was ready, adding that the alignment would be changed, if necessary, to meet the technical specifications to lay the Metro track.
“We would also use social networking sites to reach out to citizens on the implementation of Metro rail in the city,” he said.