Pune: Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (MRIDC) also known as MahaRail has planned for multimodal hubs at the eight proposed stations on the recently approved Pune-Nashik greenfield semi-high-speed broad gauge double line. The draft outlines for these have been invited by the companies willing to invest in the project. The deadline for these draft outlines is July month-end after which the state government will give its final permission and then the tender process will be initiated.
The eight stations are planned at Hadapsar, Alandi, Rajgurunagar, Chakan, Manchar, Narayangaon, Sangamner and Sinnar. Successful completion of the Pune-Nashik railway line project will change the socio-economic landscape of Pune, Nagar and Nashik districts.
The Railway Ministry and state government will be investing 20 per cent each for the project cost while the remaining 60 per cent investment will come from private companies and financial institutions. The concept of the multimodal hub at each station is being implemented in the state for the first time. Before this, the concept was introduced during the underwater railway line project in Kolkata.
The Pune-Nashik line will have passengers as well as cargo transport facility. In the same station premise, a bus terminal will be included. Also, the station will be having other professional services and entertainment facilities. The Maharail has plans to build a commercial complex at the Maldhakka area near Pune Railway Station. A building for the Pune-Hadapsar elevated route is planned here along with some shops and commercial offices.
In the near future, there will be three stations near the Pune Railway Station. It includes two metro railway stations and one elevated station. These stations are for the Hinjawadi-Shivajinagar and Hadapsar, Kothurd-Wadgaonsheri routes. All these stations will be connected to the Pune Railway station through a skywalk.
Rajeshkumar Jaiswal, Managing Director of MRIDC said, "The Pune-Nashik semi-high-speed broad gauge double line will have eight stations with a multimodal hub at each station. Apart from that, we will build a commercial complex at Maldhakka near the Pune railway station."
MULTIMODAL HUBS AT