MahaMetro officials to expedite work

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 2 June 2019

While only seven months are remaining to start metro train operations in the city, officials of MahaMetro said that they are trying their best to meet the deadline. MahaMetro has put a 12 km stretch on priority, the work of which they want to finish before the deadline, and is mulling dry runs of the metro service in November. 

Pune: While only seven months are remaining to start metro train operations in the city, officials of MahaMetro said that they are trying their best to meet the deadline. MahaMetro has put a 12 km stretch on priority, the work of which they want to finish before the deadline, and is mulling dry runs of the metro service in November. 

Speaking about the development of the priority stretch, Gautam Birhade, Executive Director at MahaMetro, said, “Although the task to get the work done before the deadline is challenging, we are positive that we will be able to deliver on time. The priority on Pimpri to Rangehills track is from Pimpri to Dapodi. Once the viaduct is set, we will start with other works including signalling and laying overhead wires. Similarly, on Vanaaz to civil court corridor, the priority is from Vanaaz to Garware college. As far as rolling stocks are concerned, currently we are planning to fetch them from Nagpur where the metro work is already in progress.”

Officials of MahaMetro said that civil work takes 70 per cent of the time and the progress on the priority stretch is satisfactory. 
Speaking about the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) for the underground metro from Shivajinagar to Swargate, Atul Gadgil, Executive Director at MahaMetro, said that, in all, four TBMs will be required for the work.

“Currently, we have asked for three TBMs, of which one is already in manufacturing. The TBMs are expected by the month of October and in November, we will start the tunnelling work,” added Gadgil.

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