Pune: Railway Board officials and officials of MahaMetro, besides officials of the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA), held a meeting on Monday to develop a multi-model of transport, where the metro, railways and intra-city transport will work together to find solutions of the city’s transport woes.
During the meeting, one of the most important decisions taken was about planning and execution of redevelopment of Shivajinagar and Pune railway Stations. MK Gupta, Member of Railway Board (Engineering), Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of MahaMetro and senior officials of RLDA were present. Several important decisions were also taken.
Milind Deuoskar, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), said, “The deliberation on redevelopment of Shivajingar station, which is on the cards since 2013, was held and some important decisions have been taken. During the meeting, the third line of Pune-Lonavla section and development of the fourth line were also discussed. Discussions pertaining to redevelopment of Pune station under the Swiss Challenge model as announced by Indian Railways earlier this year and its integration to the Metro System were held between the senior officers.”
Brijesh Dixit, MD, MahaMetro, said that since the very beginning, MahaMetro planned integration of transport facilities at crucial junctions like Pune railway station, Shivajinagar and Swargate, wherein the metro network will merge into existing public transport utilities including railways, state transport and PMPML.
“Although we have been consulting Railway authorities while planning Pune Metro, Monday’s meeting was important because senior officers from the Rail Ministry were involved and important decisions were taken. The meeting was productive and will help in developing and executing multimodal and multi-agency transport model,” said Dixit.