MUMBAI: Here is good news for Puneites: The first metro train will run on Sant Tukaram Nagar-Phugewadi section of Line-1 of Pune from April 2020. The further stretch on Vanaz-Ramwadi line from Anand Nagar to Garware will be functional from July 2020. Urban Development Minister Eknath Shinde directed officials of MahaMetro to start the operations on time at a review meeting at Mantralaya.
Urban Development Secretary Nitin Karis, MahaMetro Managing Director Brijesh Dixit, Director Subramaniam Ramnath, and Executive Director NM Singh were present at the meeting.
A stretch of five kilometres from Sant Tukaram Nagar to Phugewadi will be completed by March-end. Shinde directed the officials to complete the further line of five kilometres from Anand Nagar to Garware by June-end so that can be functional from July.
Work on Pune metro rail is in progress currently and by March 2022 the metro line of 32.5 km on both lines will be functional.
Recently, the MahaMetro received a first three-coach train set from the Chinese Rolling Stock manufacturer CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC) and the train was successfully placed on the elevated track above the viaduct at Sant Tukaram Nagar Station. The trial run on the route has already been done.
This month the MahaMetro received a second three-coach train set from the CRRC and the same has also been placed on the elevated track for the trial run of the two parallel tracks between Sant Tukaram Nagar Station and Phugewadi Metro station.