Pune: There seems to be no headway in the development of Pune metro rail depot and setting up of Shivaji Maharaj memorial (Shivshrusti, which was planned to be built next to each other on the same piece of land located in Kothrud. Guardian Minister Girish Bapat held a meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday with Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (Mahametro), Mayor Mukta Tilak, Secretary of Urban Development Department Nitin Kareer, Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar and opposition leaders in the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) to find a solution on the issue.
The meeting concluded without taking any concrete decision on the matter and ended up after holding the primary discussion on preparing a feasibility report. According to the Mahametro, it needs 40 acres of land for developing the metro rail depot in Kothrud. But at present, only 28 acres of land is available in Kothrud where Shivshrushti is planned on seven acres which will leave only 21 acres of land for developing the metro rail depot.
During the meeting, the possibility of developing both the projects next to each other was discussed but the meeting ended without any conclusion. “Both the projects are complimentary to each other so if both the projects are executed, then it will be beneficial to the city in increasing metro commuters and tourists also,” Mayor Mukta Tilak said. The issue of developing Shivshrushti and metro rail depot in Kothrud is being discussed in the general body of the PMC also, but there seems to be no headway on the prolonged issue.
Shivsrushti has been planned in Kothrud where the reservation for the cultural purpose is marked in the development plan. But as the station for the ambitious Pune Metro Rail project has also been planned on the same plot, the memorial project has been delayed at the State government level.
Still, there is no clarity on whether both the projects will be accommodated on the same plot or one project will be sidelined or whether the metro rail station will be constructed underground for paving the way for Shivsrushti. According to the PMC, the decision about setting up Shivsrushti in Kothrud was already taken some years ago and the proposal was forwarded to the State government in 2009 for seeking its approval but since then, the project has been pending with the State government.