A third track is being planned on Pune-Lonavla stretch. On July 8, the railway authorities sent a letter to the civic body asking it to shell out Rs 26.51 lakh extra before change in overbridge design is approved.
Consequently, the estimated cost of the overbridge has shot up from Rs 15.58 crore to Rs 28.83 crore. This has also pushed up the maintenance charges which the civic body will have to pay the railways.
“A short-notice resolution on the extra charges has been approved,” Atul Shitole, chairman of the standing committee, told.
As per the resolution, the civic body plans to develop a 45-metre wide bus rapid transit system (BRTS) route from Bhakti Shakti Chowk in Nigdi to Mukai Chowk in Kiwale with Pune-Lonavla railway track crossing it at Nisarga Darshan Society. The PCMC sought to construct a railway overbridge at this spot for providing easy passage of vehicles.
It had sent the design of this overbridge to the railways for approval last year. Following which, the railways, through a letter on January 4 last year, demanded Rs Rs 1.45 crore to shift an electrical unit section post along the railway tracks. The railways also demanded Rs 5.97 crore in maintenance charges. The standing committee approved a resolution on June 17 last year to pay this amount.
However, the civic body made changes in the design of the overbridge after the railways proposed to lay third track on Pune-Lonavla stretch. As a result, the estimated cost of the overbridge increased from Rs 15.58 crore to Rs 28.83 crore further pushing up the maintenance charges. The railways through a letter on July 8 this year demanded additional charges of Rs 26.51 lakh and said the changed design of the overbridge will be approved after this amount is paid.