ST Exclusive: Shivajinagar ST bus stand to be moved
The depot will be shifted from the present location in three months due to Metro work and bus port
Pune: The Shivajinagar State Transport bus stand will soon shift from the present location due to metro work and bus port. The transport department in Mumbai has asked the Pune division to provide the location, which is yet to be finalised. The Pune division has proposed three locations and is waiting for the final approval. However, the division has only three months i.e. till October to shift the bus stand. The three places are Sinchan Nagar at Range Hill, Egg Horticulture Centre at Wakdewadi and College of Engineering Pune or SSPMS College Ground.
“Currently, the Shivajinagar ST stand occupies 15,700 square metres of area and the bus stand, workshop and ST office is operating from here. The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to set up a state-of-the-art bus port in present location and metro stations will also be there. The MahaMetro has submitted a proposal to MSRTC and according to the proposal, the works of Metro and tunnel work will start from October. Due to this, the ST stand, workshop and office have to be shifted to another place. The ST will provide 3,185 square metres of space for metro work. Then, the actual work will start,” Yamini Joshi, Divisional Controller of Pune told Sakal Times.
“The Metro work will start in next three months. MSRTC has started survey for bus stations, which need huge space for bus parking and passengers’ movement as well. The division has sent a proposal of three places i.e. Sinchan Nagar, Range Hills, Egg Horticulture Centre at Wakdewadi and College of Engineering Pune or SSPMS College ground. The decision is pending with the headquarters. If any of the above is selected, buses will only depart and arrive from there and that will be known as ST stand. The workshop will be divided in two to three places which are Swargate, Pimpri or divisional office ground,” Yamini said.
If the workshop is shifted, MSRTC will face financial and time issues. Each bus arriving at the stand has to go for a technical check up at the workshop and if the workshop is shifted stand.
Bus port to take more time
According to the plan, the Metro station work will be completed in a year and the port work will take three years after completion of Metro work. By that time, the existing bus stand will operate from the new place. The MSRTC has planned to finish both works - Metro and port - at the same time, but the plan has not been finalised. Once the plan is ready, the tender process will begin and work will take approximately 10-15 days to start.