According to a latest update from the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA), the work on the Shivajinagar-Maan Metro project is on fast-track and if all goes well, the corridor will start its operation from 2023.
The 23.3 km long metro route would connect Civil Court, Shivajinagar to Maan, near the Hinjewadi IT Park. The expected cost of the project is Rs 8,100 crore and it would be developed under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Once the route will become operational, nearly 30,000 passengers will commute daily on this route during peak hours.
Giving more information on the same, a PMRDA official said, “For a smooth development of the project, the authority has already signed a contract with Siemens Project Ventures GMBH, a subsidiary of Siemens Financial Services and TRIL Urban Transport, a subsidiary of Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited. Under the contract, the metro project would be completely based on the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) model.”
The Shivajinagar-Maan Metro route will be a fully elevated corridor and will have 23 stations. The route will further align with the MahaMetro line at the Civil Court interchange station that will connect commuters to Hadapsar and Phursungi IT parks.
“A good connectivity project significantly improves the infrastructure scenario especially in a city like Pune and hence would aid the residents to commuter faster from one place to another.” Banmali Agrawala, President, Infrastructure, Defense and Aerospace Tata Sons added.
Taking about the development, the authority has begun the land acquisition process near Maan village for the construction of the metro car shed that is going to reduce congestion between Shivajinagar and Hinjewadi, as said by an official.