Pimpri-Nigdi metro extension approved, will have three stations

ST CORRESPONDENT
Thursday, 28 February 2019

Speaking about the extension, MahaMetro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit said that the extension was much needed and now people can travel from Bhakti Shakti Chowk in Nigdi to Swargate in a metro.

PUNE: The State government on Wednesday approved the extension of the metro project from Pimpri to Nigdi, which will have three stations including Chinchwad, Akurdi and Nigdi. 

As per information given by officials of the MahaMetro, the extension stretch is of 4.4 km and will cost Rs 1,048 crore. Officials said that the civil work will cost Rs 405 crore, rolling stock, depot, parking and design, track, signals and other details would cost Rs 643 crore.

The detailed project report (DPR) for the same was submitted by MahaMetro in December 2018.

Speaking about the extension, MahaMetro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit said that the extension was much needed and now people can travel from Bhakti Shakti Chowk in Nigdi to Swargate in a metro. 

“There is good ridership expected on the corridor. The extension will also help reduce traffic burden on the route,” added Dixit.

The extension of the metro till Nigdi comes after local residents conducted a signature campaign to demand for the same, backed by several social organisations and activists.

MahaMetro then conducted a technical survey, apart from traffic and ridership studies and environmental impact while preparing the DPR for the route extension.

MahaMetro officials said that the passenger strength on the stretch is about 5 lakh commuters. 

About Rs 122 crore will be provided by the Centre and Rs 122 crore by Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for the extension project.

METRO BUDGET
Officials of the MahaMetro said that a budget allocation of Rs 230 crore has been reserved for Pune Metro project in 2019-2020.

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