Pimpri: Nearly six years after the first work order was issued for the construction of Kalewadi Phata- Dehu Alandi Road Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS), the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is yet to inaugurate this route. Considering the state of the pending work, it seems unlikely for the PCMC to start this BRTS route, which is already two years behind schedule.
According to officials, the work from Empire Estate flyover, joining Auto Cluster to Pavana river stretch, has been completed. However, the work for the flyover between Pavana river to Marathwada Mitramandal School in Kalewadi, on the other side of the river, is incomplete. It may be recalled that the contractor appointed to undertake this work has so far repeatedly missed several deadlines and has not completed the work, despite the number of extensions given to him. The construction of the flyover has been delayed by more than three years now.
Officials said that BRTS will be operational, once the construction of this flyover gets completed. This BRTS route will cater to thousands of IT professionals travelling to Wakad, Pimple Saudagar and Hinjewadi.
According to PCMC officials, the work of the remaining portion of the flyover is likely to be completed by November.
BRTS Cell spokesperson Vijay Bhojane told Sakal Times, “The work of the BRTS project from Kalewadi Phata to MM School has been completed, the stretch of flyover and road work between Pavana river to MM School will be completed in next 2/3 months, as the land acquisition on this route has already been done. The road work between Auto Cluster and KSB Chowk, including the flyover at KSB Chowk has been completed, expect for the smaller stretches, where two industrial units are located on MIDC land, which need to be removed.”
The officials said that owners of these industrial units have agreed to remove these units, but the same has not been done, as MIDC has not provided alternative space to relocate these industrial units. Once these units are removed, the stretch between Empire Estate flyover and Dehu Alandi road will be ready for the BRTS operations.