Pune: The State government has announced the formation of a high powered team to study the details of the proposed metro rail corridor involving 14.92 kilometres between Vanaz on Paud Road and Ramwadi on Ahmednagar Road.
However, the State government has decided to go ahead with the other proposed metro railway corridor between Pimpri to Swargate covering a distance of 16.5 kilometres.
These decisions were taken in a meeting here on Saturday to discuss the nitty-gritty of the two corridors of the Pune Metro railway project.
The meeting was chaired by State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and included District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar, city MPs and MLAs, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation functionaries, State officials along with officials of Pune and Pimpri Chichwad municipal corporations.
Addressing media persons after the deliberations, Fadnavis said that there is consensus about the Pimpri-Swargate corridor of the Pune Metro railway project and after getting the nod from Centre, the work on this corridor can start.
“But there is a difference of opinion about the Vanaz-Ramwadi route. Some stakeholders are not in favour of having an elevated corridor. They want an underground corridor. Moreover, questions also have been raised about the alignment of the corridor,” the Chief Minister said.
The team, which will be headed by Bapat, will carry out a detailed study and submit a report to the State government within a month. If needed, changes will be recommend in the proposed metro corridor on the Vanaz-Ramwadi route.
Some of the other members of the panel include Principal Secretary of Urban Development Department Nitin Kareer, PMC Commissioner Kunal Kumar, former DMRC chief E Sreedharan, industrialist Arun Firodia, Economist Vijay Kelkar and others.
The Chief Minister said that if the panel decides to change the alignment of the Vanaz-Ramwadi corridor, then, the feasibility of the project has to be re-examined,” he added.