No pillars allowed on BRTS route, says PCMC

ST Correspondent
Monday, 30 April 2018

The ongoing foundation work for Metro pillars at Kharalwadi has stopped since last week following  the objection being raised by the civic body.

Pimpri: The ongoing foundation work for Metro pillars at Kharalwadi has stopped since last week following  the objection being raised by the civic body. The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has raised an objection to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation for carrying out digging on the BRT route. Following this objection, MahaMetro would have to submit another plan to construct metro pillars on the service road along the BRT route or at the footpath in front of the municipal corporation building. 

Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar recently called a meeting with MahaMetro and municipal officials. Hardikar, expressed displeasure with MahaMetro officials' decision to carry out the  work without prior permission from the civic body. Meanwhile,  MahaMetro officials argued that due to the presence of large number of utility service cables under the footpath, it would be appropriate to shift Metro Rail towards grade separator. Hardikar however said, “We are not going to allow pillars to be constructed on the BRT route." 

According to MahaMetro officials, as per the original plan, metro route was supposed to pass from the footpath in front of the PCMC building. Since there are 12 types of utility cables under this footpath, Metro officials claimed the  migration of these cables is difficult and expensive. Therefore, MahaMetro took the Metro route near the wall of Grade Separator. They discussed this orally with the municipal corporation and received approval. The proposal to move four bus stations was sent. In the first week of April, they started digging work for the foundation of Metro work. 
Meanwhile, the Mumbai High Court recently ordered the civic body to run a test drive for bus service on the Nigdi-Dapodi route.  

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