Pune Metro Project get new OSD

264171_106385912787459_3017281_nPUNE: The standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday approved the appointment of Shashikant Limaye, a retired engineer of the Indian Railways, as officer on special duty (OSD) for the execution of the city’s metro rail project.

Four civil engineers, with experience of 20 years, had been vying for the post. The civic administration conducted the interview last month and selected Limaye.

The OSD will get a remuneration of Rs 1.5 lakh per month, along with a four-wheeler and a cellphone. The appointment will be a contract for six months which could be renewed.

The civic body had called for applications for the post through an advertisement in December 2012. It sought civil engineering graduates with 20 years of experience in railways and metro rail projects. The candidates should also have knowledge about financial matters, particularly in negotiations with Asian Development Bank and World Bank, the civic body had said.

The advertisement had also stated that male candidates will be preferred over females.

The next step will be the creation of a special purpose vehicle called the Pune Metro Rail Corporation. The state government had appointed the PMC as the “executive body” to decide about the project till the special purpose vehicle is set up. The project requires 18.44 hectare to construct the depot and metro stations. Not much of private land would be acquired for the project as the roads on which the metro line would be laid are about 30-metre wide.

The civic body expects the project to be completed by 2018-19. It will come up on two corridors-the 14.925-km route from Vanaz to Ramwadi and the 16.59-km Chinchwad-Swargate corridor.