Ministry examines metro rail project report

PUNE: The Union ministry of urban development is looking into the detailed project report of the proposed metro rail in Pune. The report has also been forwarded to other ministries for their appraisal and response.

The process for releasing the Central government’s share for the metro rail between Vanaz and Ramwadi would be initiated once the report’s scrutiny has been completed.

Responding to a letter sent by city MP Suresh Kalmadi to the ministry about the need for the Centre’s share for the metro rail project, the ministry said the Maharashtra government, last June, submitted the detailed project report for two corridors for 31.5 km length. The first corridor is between Pimpri Chinchwad and Swargate, and the second one is between Vanaz and Ramwadi. The total estimated cost of the two corridors is Rs 7,984 crore.

The state government has requested the Centre for equity of 20% of the project cost, which is about Rs 518.6 crore, along the lines of the Delhi metro. The government has also urged for exemption from the central taxes, which would form a major component of the project cost.

Though Kalmadi has urged the ministry to include monorail in the Pune metro rail project, the ministry stated that the state government has not submitted any proposal for monorail option as a feeder to the metro project.