PIMPRI: Managing Director of Maha Metro Brijesh Dixit announced here on Saturday that the organistation is positive that route I, which connects Shivajinagar to Pimpri, which is part of Swargate – Pimpri stretch, will be extended till Nigdi.
He said, “We are speaking with the State government, Central government and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) about the proposal, but so far, no decision has been taken in this regard.” He added that Maha Metro would welcome any move by the local body to finance this extension of the project.
Dixit was speaking at a press conference after reviewing the progress of the Metro Project in Pimpri Chinchwad area. The metro has started a facilitation centre at Vallabhnagar in Pimpri Chinchwad. Dixit said that work for the Metro project was going on at expected pace.
Responding to a query regarding the extension, Dixit said, “The project is expected to cost Rs 130 to 140 crore per kilometre. If it is extended before commencement of the metro project, it is helpful in getting more ridership for the metro. But the project needs sanctions from the State government, as well as the Central government and we are working on this.” Dixit added that PCMC has requested them to prepare a detailed project report for this extension.
Dixit said, “Guardian Minister Girish Bapat conducted a review meeting of the Metro project in the city today. Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar was also present for the meeting. We have demanded eight plots along the metro corridor for parking. We are speaking to the defence authorities for the acquisition of land in Khadki cantonment area.”
There are 182 pillars of the elevated metro route in Pimpri Chinchwad. So far, the foundation of 48 pillars has been laid. The work of 11 pillars has been completed up to the first lift, while work of four pillars has been completed up to pier cap.
The work near Harris Bridge will start on December 7 and that substructure will be completed by June 30, before the beginning of monsoon, informed Dixit. He added that so far, 41 segments have been cast and the first span of viaduct is likely to be launched by December 26.
STATION WORK AT SANT TUKARAM NAGAR TO BEGIN
Work of stations has been awarded to Joint venture company HCC and Al-FARA’A. The work for the first station out of six in Pimpri Chinchwad will start with Sant Tukaram Nagar. The trenching work for identified utilities has already commenced on November 28. Geotechnical investigations are in progress for station work. Architectural design for the stations has been prepared by Spanish Company AYESHA.
FOOT OVER BRIDGE
A new foot over bridge will be constructed at Sant Tukaram Nagar. This will connect the Metro station with State bus transport stand, and Vallabhnagar with the IT industry at the other end. The foot over bridge will be 65 metres long and 6 metres wide. It has been kept sufficiently wide to cater to passenger traffic of metro, as well as pedestrians crossing the road. The old foot over bridge will be dismantled only when the new one is constructed.