Share details of Metro plans, demand activists in the city
However, while taking any such decision, people of Pimpri-Chinchwad are being taken for granted by the Metro authorities
Pimpri: Citizens of Pimpri-Chinchwad are angry over Pune Metro’s alleged step-motherly treatment to Pimpri-Chinchwad city. Citizens alleged that they are not being taken into confidence during the decision making process by Metro officials. There are chances that two foot-over bridges could be removed on Mumbai-Pune Road to make way for the metro.
However, while taking any such decision, people of Pimpri-Chinchwad are being taken for granted by the Metro authorities.
Convenor of Pimpri Chinchwad Citizen forum Amol Deshpande, who launched an online petition for extension of the Metro project up to Nigdi, said, “The Smart City Mission has mandatory criteria for citizen crowd sourcing and consultation. However, citizens of Pimpri Chinchwad are clueless about the Metro project. Recently, we came to know that foot-over bridge project on Mumbai Pune Highway will be put off. Earlier, we saw flip-flops on choosing tracks. We have no idea about the metro station design, commuter movement feeder connectivity to rickshaws and buses. Being a strategic location, Nigdi currently has multiple transport modes. How will Metro be accommodated here? We have many questions and concerns. When will Metro organise a public consultation meeting to give the citizen a clear idea.”
When asked about the citizens’ concern over the removal of the FOBs as well as the issue of consultation with citizens, Managing Director of MahaMetro Brijesh Dixit, clarified, “All the necessities in the area along the PCMC-Rangehills alignment of Corridor 1 are currently being examined. We are currently in the planning stage regarding all the foot over bridges in this area. We will able to share a detailed report on the status of foot over bridges in few days time. We will certainly make sure to not cause any long-term discomfort to citizens,”
“If any such case arises, be rest assured that we will restore back that facility along with the Pune Metro Rail Project,” affirmed Brijesh Dixit.
PCMC officials said, “Since the alignment of the metro project overlaps two existing foot-over-bridges at Vallabhnagar and Kharalwadi, these FOBs are most likely to be removed. If it is removed, Metro has assured that it will be restored back.” The PCMC had constructed these two FOBs in 2009 after spending Rs 9 crore. Similarly, it has floated a tender of Rs 16 crore for construction of a FOB at Nashik Phata. However, due to the Metro Rail project, this project has been put on hold. The crossing facility for the pedestrians will be made available matching the Metro alignment,” said PCMC officials.
When asked about the communication gap Mahametro, officials said, “Maha metro is going to organise Metro Samvad programme in Pimpri Chinchwad . Officials from Mahametro communicated with citizens in Happy Street programme”.