Pune: Officials of Mahametro will soon start the work of building the planned multi-modal transport hub near Jedhe Chowk at Swargate. Mahametro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit said that as Jedhe Chowk is the centre of PMPML, State transport and metro station, the multi-modal hub will help to solve the traffic congestion problem at the chowk.
“The multi-modal hub will be a magnanimous structure with over 20 million square feet of construction. It will house multi-level parking along with metro station and the project will be developed on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. The project work is expected to start in another 15 days,” added Dixit.
A survey was done by Mahametro along with Automotive Research Association of India and College of Engineering Pune (COEP), based on which it was found that more than 2,500 trips are made by PMPML buses in the area on a daily basis. Similarly, around 1.5 lakh pedestrians cross the Swargate area daily. After doing traffic survey in the area, Mahametro officials found that the road width in the area is not utilised and so there was a need to reorganise the traffic.
“Similarly, there is a need to segregate pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The entry and exit point of state transport buses need to be restructured. There is also need for organised parking system,” added Dixit.
The multi-modal hub will have five underground floors and 25 floors above the ground. Two roads will be built from Swargate canal joining Nehru Stadium and Shankarsheth Road.
‘Get nocs for new constructions’
Mahametro MD Dixit said that in Pimpri Chinchwad, citizens constructing any new property or redeveloping existing property on 20 metres either sides of the metro line will have to take a no objection certificate (NOC) from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and the corporation will, in turn, approach us for NOC. “While issuing NOC, we will check the height and quality of the structure so that it does not affect the metro line. If in the future, there is a demand for expansion of metro line, then there should be scope for expansion,” added Dixit.