Light Rail Transit System proposed for Pune to connect Hinjewadi, Talawade

Pune (PUNE): Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said the state government was contemplating Light Rail Transit (LRT) system connecting Hinjewadi IT Park and Talawade MIDC Technology Park to resolve traffic problems faced by professionals.

Speaking after inaugurating Mahatma Phule Cultural Hall in Wanowrie, Chavan said the government was keen to resolve traffic issues in the city and LRT was part of the solution to mitigate such problems. Talking to reporters at Talawade MIDC later, Chavan said, “The proposal for light rail system is in its initial stage and the state government is checking the feasibility of the project. We are willing to take forward this project. The government is not considering metro rail on this line because of technical problems.”

He stressed on the Pune metro plan, which has so far failed to take off. “Considering the traffic problems in Pune city, the state and the Centre has approved metro project and the work on actual implementation will start,” he said, adding that the state government will make all efforts to facilitate work on ring road.

Chavan said that the state government was open for discussions on biodiversity parks (BDPs). “The decision to protect the BDPs was taken only after consultations and discussions with various stake holders. Now, if someone wants to discuss the issue, we are ready to consider their views,” he said.

The CM also discussed the toll collection issue, which has turned into a contentious subject following state-wide agitations and the government subsequently announcing a new toll policy. The CM said, “The Maharashtra government has already announced that the state will have a new toll policy and a new system where a common pass would be used by commuters. The concept of e-pass will make a difference.”

Chavan said the state continues to lead when it comes to foreign investment. “Of the total foreign investment India has got in the last few years, about 38% of it has come to Maharashtra. It is a reflection that Maharashtra continues to be one of the most developed states in the country,” Chavan said.