Dixit praises MahaMetro team for overcoming challenges

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 1 January 2020

“I really thank the MahaMetro team and the citizens of Pune for their cooperation towards the project. We had to go through a number of challenges starting from land acquisition, cases in National Green Tribunal, legal challenges, diversions and changes in the earlier project." Brijesh Dixit said

PUNE: With Metro train of Mahametro hitting the tracks for trial run from Tuesday, MahaMetro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit, has thanked the citizens of Pune and has appreciated the efforts taken by the MahaMetro team to achieve the feat in record 30 months.

Dixit was addressing the media on Tuesday, following the inauguration of the first three coach metro train of Mahametro in Pune. He performed a puja before the inauguration. Speaking at the event, Dixit spoke about the number of challenges faced by the authority before reaching the stage of trial run of the metro. “I really thank the MahaMetro team and the citizens of Pune for their cooperation towards the project. We had to go through a number of challenges starting from land acquisition, cases in National Green Tribunal, legal challenges, diversions and changes in the earlier project. Similarly in Pune, we have to deal with the railways. However, our team stood firm and overcame all  challenges to reach this position. We explained the court how MahaMetro is a project of public importance and the court listened to us patiently which helped us in moving ahead,” added Dixit.

Speaking about the status of progress of priority stretch of metro which stretches from Pimpri to Dapodi and Vanaaz to Garware, the managing director said that the trial run on Pimpri to Dapodi corridor will take about three months to complete after which we will get approvals and certifications from Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Railway Board, Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), post which we can open the metro for people.

“Similarly, the trial runs on Vanaaz-Garware corridor will start in another two months and it would take about five months before we open the metro for the public on the corridor,” added Dixit. Speaking about the commercial run of the metro, Dixit said that the gap between end of the trial run and start of the commercial run will be around three months.

The managing director said that they are working on finding solutions to the first mile and last-mile connectivity, which will boost the ridership. MahaMetro is working on solutions like  e-rickshaw, e-bikes, rented bikes, and non-motorised commute as ways to tackle the first and last mile connectivity issue. 

Dixit said that they are also working on providing parking and foot-over-bridge facility at each metro station which is much needed to increase the ridership. Speaking on generating non-fare revenues, Dixit said that every inch of available commercial space at metro stations will be utilised to generate more than 50% of revenue through non-fare box sources which will help keep the rates of metro low and will become an affordable transport solution for people.

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