पुणे Pune: The state government is all set to go ahead with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) report to implement an elevated metro rail project in Pune, notwithstanding demands for an underground metro by city BJP leaders and local groups.
According to sources from the state government, central government officials have communicated to the state that it should go ahead with the DMRC report, which has been prepared under supervision of India’s ‘metro man’ E Sreedharan on the basis of ground surveys.
City BJP leaders, led by MP Anil Shirole, have strongly opposed the DMRC report, claiming that local experts have objected to the plan.
However, the Centre has reportedly told the state government that the metro project had been stuck for all these years because of a group of people who claim to be experts.
“The state government will take a decision on the Pune metro within a month. The government will consult stakeholders and elected representatives, but it is unlikely that a new project report will be prepared for the Pune metro,” said a state government official.
Shirole and city groups have demanded that the government should plan an underground metro. However, the state finance department has expressed its inability to shoulder the massive expenses involved in an underground metro, as the government is facing a financial crisis, said officials.