Pune: Around 10 trees will have to be cut during the ongoing work of the metro project at the riverbed, informed authorities of the Mahametro on Friday. While addressing a press meet, Gautam Birhade, Chief Project Manager (CPM) of Mahametro, said that around 59 pillars will be built on the riverbed for the ongoing work of metro train project from Vanaz to Civil Court station.
“To build these 59 pillars, around 25 trees will be affected. Maximum 10 trees will be cut and the remaining will be transplanted to a suitable location. We are trying our best to protect flora and fauna of the riverbed. We are taking precautions so that oil, paints, debris and other materials are not dumped on the riverbed,” added Birhade. The CPM said that Hindustan Construction Company, in a joint venture with AL FARA’A, has been awarded a Rs 500 crore contract by Mahametro to build 8 metro stations - namely Vanaz, Anand Nagar, Ideal Colony, Nal Stop, Garware College, Deccan Gymkhana, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Park and PMC. HCC-AL FARA’A, a joint venture, had earlier bagged the project of building nine metro stations between PCMC and Range Hills for around Rs 497 crore.
“The design of the stations are ready and stations like Ideal Colony, Vanaaz and Anand Nagar will be built on a priority,” added Birhade.
Speaking about ongoing construction challenges, Birhade said that the road near Garware College is narrow and Mahametro is working on solutions to tackle the foot overbridge (FOB) near SNDT College, which is on the way.
Speaking on the progress of the metro project, Birhade said that by February, around 8-10 pillars will be erected between Vanaz to Civil Court station.