Pimpri Chinchwad: The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will conduct a feasibility study for the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to implement mass transit projects like tram, mono rail or light rail in the twin township. The feasibility study report should be ready in 12 months, after which the municipal corporation will decide on which project can be executed on priority.
The PCMC standing committee, which had deferred the proposal last week, approved it on Tuesday.
The municipal corporation is working on a plan to have one of the three projects on a 30 m wide circular high capacity mass transit route (HCMTR) in the development plan for a distance of 29km, which passes through the Bhakti Shakti chowk, Tata’s material gate in Chinchwad, Rose Garden in Nehrunagar, Nashik Phata, Kokane Chowk, Rahatni, Thergaon, Walhekarwadi and later to Spine Road to reach Bhakti Shakti Chowk in Nigdi.
The DMRC feasibility study will cost the municipal administration Rs 1.45 crore. While the circular HCMTR route passes through Pimpri Chinchwad, a similar ring route has been proposed in PMC limits. The two HCMTR routes meet in the area between Khadki and Dapodi. In fact, the two ring routes form a dumbbell shape. The PMC has started acquiring land, but about 60% of the land needed for the project is with the PCMC.
Former municipal commissioner Rajeev Jadhav had presented a draft annual budget outlay of Rs 3,982 crore for 2016-17.
Jadhav had said then that the PCMC proposes to start a tram service on the 12 km stretch of the HCMTR from Bhakti Shakti chowk on Pune-Mumbai highway in Nigdi to Kokane chowk in Pimple Saudagar.
Explaining the importance of the transit route, a civic official said, “The HCMTR cuts through or passes close to the four BRT routes of the city and also links industrial areas of Chikhli and Bhosari to areas on other side of the city like Kalewadi and Thergaon. The route also touches the Pune-Mumbai highway. So many parts of the city will get connected due to HCMTR. It will strengthen the city’s public transport.”