Changes in Pune Metro routes due to Nashik Phata flyover

Pune: While there is a hue and cry over the Floor Space Index (FSI) proposed on the 31.5 km long route of the Pune Metro Rail, the alignment of the corridors is likely to change at certain points.

Even though both the corridors  – Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi on Nagar Road – will remain the same as per the detailed project report prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), necessary changes in the metro alignment will have to be made due to the newly constructed two-tier flyover at Nashik Phata.

Similarly, the three monuments of national importance – Shaniwarwada, Pataleshwar caves and Aga Khan Palace – located on the second corridor from Vanaz to Ramwadi will be responsible for changes in the metro alignment at these three places. The Pune Metro Rail Cell established to seek approval, funding and executing the project, has already started work on the possible changes in the alignment.

The two-tier Nashik Phata flyover has been constructed in such a manner that while developing the first corridor of the metro rail from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate, the alignment can be changed.

According to Shashikant Limaye, Officer of Special Duty (OSD) of the Pune Metro Rail Cell, the thrust of the project is on less property damage and minimum acquisition of land.

“It is true that due to the two-tier flyover at Nashik Phata, we will have to make some changes in the alignment at a particular point,” Limaye said. “Firstly, we need to get approval of the two corridors with revised cost from the State as well as the Centre and then the decision on changing the alignment will be taken,” he added.

He also said that before starting the project, permission from various agencies will have to be taken and if needed, the alignment will be changed to pursue the project. However, Limaye admitted that before laying the metro line on the second corridor from Vanaz to Ramwadi, the alignment might have to be changed a little bit at the three monuments.