Pune: Maharashtra Metro corporation (MahaMetro) demolished the upper part of a pillar constructed in Mutha river bed near Deccan Gymkhana area on Friday.
The removal was required due to improper concretisation of the upper portion of the pillar.
The Metro route of Vanaz-Ramwadi will pass from the river bed.
Clarifying that there is no problem in the other pillars, Gautam Birahade, Chief Project Manager of MahaMetro, said, “After the foundation work, concretisation was done of one pillar in the river bed. During inspection, we found that the concretisation was not done properly. Hence, we have removed concretisation and the same will be done again.” On Vanaz-Ramwadi route, there are 300 pillars. Each pillar has a minimum height of 15 to 20 metres. However, the height varies at a few places along the route. “In the river bed, there are 69 pillars proposed. Out of these, four are completed and the work on remaining pillars is ongoing,” informed a MahaMetro official.
On September 28, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, along with Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak, was present for the ground-breaking ceremony of the work. MahaMetro had awarded a tender to Hyderabad-based Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC). The same company has also bagged the work of PCMC to Range Hills stretch and work is going on.
The Pune Metro will be constructed in two corridors. Corridor one is the route between Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate. The second corridor is from Vanaz to Ramwadi. The phase one will cover a total distance of 31.2 km and the total budget of the project is estimated to be Rs 11,420 crore. The work on corridor one has begun at Nashik Phata. The entire project is expected to be completed by the year 2021.