Pune: Gautam Birhade, Chief Project Manager (CPM) of the Vanaz-Ramwadi corridor of Pune Metro, said Mahametro has no dependency on Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA). While Mahametro is building two corridors of the metro project, namely Vanaz-Ramwadi and PCMC-Swargate, the PMRDA is building the Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar corridor.
All three metro lines will be connected at civil court station. While there has been good progress on the Vanaz-Ramwadi and PCMC-Swargate corridors, the work of Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar metro is expected to start in 2018.
Speaking on whether progress of PMRDA work would impact Mahametro, Birhade said, “We do not have any dependency on PMRDA. They will reach the construction work till civil court but it will not hamper our work. Civil court station will be connecting all three metro lines and so connectivity has to be built up, but our work will not depend on progress of PMRDA,” said Birhade.
A recent press release issued by PMRDA stated that they will be forming the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) this year. The formation of UMTA is necessary to keep all stakeholders under one roof so that the progress of the project is swift. Birhade said that Mahametro is guiding PMRDA on a timely basis but PMRDA is working independently on the metro project. PMRDA chief Kiran Gitte was not available for his comments.
Earlier, Brijesh Dixit, MD, MahaMetro, had said that they are working on making travelling cards, which will work for all transport bodies and would be helpful for people to get easy tickets while in a bus or train, and so it is necessary to connect all the transport bodies.