Centre approves Lucknow Metro, keeps Pune waiting

Union Cabinet clears Rs. 6,928-cr for metro project

Lucknow: The Pune metro project will have to wait longer for the Centre’s final approval. Earlier this week, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the first phase of the Lucknow metro rail project, even though the Pune metro proposal was submitted before Lucknow’s plan.

The Pune Municipal Corporation was surprised to hear the news of Lucknow going past Pune. As per the Centre’s orders, the civic administration has submitted copy of the revised estimates for the project to the state and central governments. The Chinchwad-Swargate corridor is now estimated cost Rs 7,628 crore, compared to Rs 7,422 crore in August 2014. The cost for the Vanaj-Ramwadi corridor is pegged at Rs 3,894 crore, up from last year’s Rs 3,447 crore.

“All the formalities have been completed by the PMC and the state government. Now, it’s up t the Centre to clear the Pune project,” said a senior civic official.

A review of metro projects across the country had found that cities that had initiated the metro bid along with Pune, such as Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad, had progressed much further. Even Nagpur and Kochi, which started the metro process much later, were far ahead of Pune.

The review was conducted by the central government, which had warned against delays in the execution of these plans. During the review, the Union urban development department had urged cities to ensure that there were no time and cost overruns.


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