45 per cent work is done, say MahaMetro officials

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 9 March 2019

Speaking about the development, MahaMetro Executive Director Atul Gadgil said that the priority stretch will have three stations including Vanaaz, Garware and Ideal Colony. Once the segments are laid and stations are ready, MahaMetro will start with the work of laying tracks, signalling and overhead wires to make it functional before they start the trial run.

Pune: Officials of MahaMetro on Friday said that they are on right track for the development of five-kilometre priority stretch of metro from Vanaaz to Garware, which is supposed to be functional in December this year. The officials said that about 45 per cent of the work is completed and the remaining work is still in progress.

Speaking about the development, MahaMetro Executive Director Atul Gadgil said that the priority stretch will have three stations including Vanaaz, Garware and Ideal Colony. Once the segments are laid and stations are ready, MahaMetro will start with the work of laying tracks, signalling and overhead wires to make it functional before they start the trial run.

“Once the trial run is done, we will open the metro to the public and will then progress on the Garware to Ramwadi corridor,” added Gadgil.

Speaking about the challenges on the priority stretch, Gadgil said that the two deck flyover at Nal Stop is a challenging step.

“We have erected 10 of the 13 pillars that are required for the flyover. The remaining three pillars will be at Nal Stop and we will have to chalk out a plan to carry out the work as all three pillars are at the chowk (square). We will share the plan with the people before starting with the work,” added Gadgil.

The MahaMetro official said that the physical work of Vanaaz depot is yet to begin. 

Speaking about the underground metro from Shivajinagar to Swargate, Gadgil said that MahaMetro has signed the agreement with Deccan College for casting yard that is required for the underground metro.

“About 50,000 square metre land has been taken on a three-year lease. The tunnel boring machines required for the underground metro are expected to reach in October and in November, we will start the tunnelling work for the underground metro,” added Gadgil.

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