Bapat unveils details of Swargate metro hub

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 9 February 2019

Reveals 28 per cent work complete on 2 metro corridors

Pune: The Swargate multimodal hub will have a 26-floor hub along with a five-level underground facility, which will accommodate three-level parking and four subways which will connect Swargate police line, MSRTC bus stop, Ganesh Kala Krida Kendra and Swargate metro station. Guardian Minister Girish Bapat shared the plan with media persons at MahaMetro office on Ghole Road on Friday. Bapat also said that while 28 per cent work on Pimpri-Swargate and Vanaaz-Ramwadi corridor of the metro has been done, the work on the Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar metro route is in the initial stage.

“The consortium of Tata and Siemens which is building the Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar metro, is looking for sites for stations and is doing necessary surveys required to start the work. Similarly, soil testing process at different sites is in progress. This marks the beginning of all three metro projects in Pune,” added Bapat.

On Saturday, the MahaMetro will sign an MOU with PMPML, MSRTC and PMC to start the work on the multimodal hub. MahaMetro will build a six-floor structure parallel to the 26-floor hub as part of the multimodal hub. The six-floor structure will house a multiplex, offices and would cost around Rs 200 crore. Bapat said that the parking facility which will be spread on three floors in the basement can accommodate 4,000 cars.

Speaking on the ongoing clash between project affected people in Kasba Peth and MahaMetro, Bapat said that the issue will be sorted soon. “There are about 250 such people who are affected and there are some modifications to be made which will require government permissions, post which the issue will be sorted,” he added.

Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao, who was present at the meet, said that work of setting up 82 water tanks for round the clock water supply to the city will be over by December 31 this year. “Around 51 tanks will be functional by June 30,” added Rao.

Speaking on the grant of 4 FSI on metro corridor, Bapat said that the decision on the same is yet to be taken by the government.”There are some technical issues and we are working on it to take a decision on the issue,” he added.

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