PUNE: Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) will resume work on the metro railway in the city soon. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued permission to resume work. MahaMetro has also sought permission from the police to restart the work.
All work on Pune metro had come to a halt after the Union government announced lockdown from March 25 to April 14. Now, while the central government has extended the lockdown till May 3, it has issued the guidelines to relax the lockdown in some areas and for some works.
Speaking to Sakal Times, MahaMetro MD Hemant Sonwane said, “MahaMetro started the Vanaz-Ramwadi, and Pimpri Chinchwad to Swargate route works. Till date, it has completed 40 per cent of work. Now, it has decided to start work in the river bed area before the monsoon. PMC has permitted to restart the work. We have also sent a letter to the police for their permission.”
NO LABOUR ISSUES
Sonwane said, “We have decided to concentrate on the work in the river bed so that it can be completed before the monsoon. We will remove construction debris from the river bed. There is no manpower issue. We have 2,800 workers in our camps and are providing food and other facilities to them. Now, we have decided to resume work with limited manpower by keeping social distancing in priority areas. We will avoid work on roads and public places. We will carry out work in the Yard and the tunnel.”
He added, “Our work has been hampered due to the lockdown. The deadline will be rescheduled, and the target will be reset. We will have to make up for the lost days.”
MahaMetro will have to restart work on Vanaz-Ramwadi route. They have completed construction of pillars in the riverbed from Deccan Gymkhana to Shivajinagar, Sangam Bridge, Yerawada. Now, platforms will be rested on the pillars.