Pune: The State government will soon grant the Special Planning Authority (SPA) status to MahaMetro to speed up allied projects such as station buildings, control centres, car depots, residential quarter and property development in the city. After getting SPA status for the Pune Metro, there is no need to take permission from other local planning authority in the city.
Last month, the State government had appointed Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL or MahaMetro) in Nagpur as the Special Planning Authority. The Urban Development Department of the State had issued a notification last month to the MahaMetro in Nagpur. The department has given special status to MahaMetro under Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act, 1966.
One of the senior officials of the MahaMetro in Pune said, “The status of special planning authority will help the MahaMetro in maintaining the pace of development work of Pune metro rail project. After getting status of the special planning authority, the Pune metro will not approach the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to seek permission for construction of Metro stations and other works.”
He further said, “The Pune metro will help build allied project activities such as station buildings, control centres, car depots, residential quarter and property development in the city. In Nagpur, we submitted a proposal to the State government to give SPA status to Nagpur metro and now, we are working on the Pune proposal. We have to mention property details such as survey numbers and land details where Pune metro will work and we will get status in the coming two months.”
The Pune metro will be constructed in two corridors. Corridor one is the route between the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate and the second corridor is between Vanaz to Ramwadi. The phase one will cover the total distance of 31.2 km and the total budget of the project is estimated to be Rs 11, 420 crore. In PCMC-Swargate route, it includes 5 underground stations and 9 elevated stations on 16.58 km.
There are total 16 elevated stations on the Vanaz-Ramwadi route which consists of 14.66 km and the MahaMetro has started work on both routes.