Third and fourth railway lines on Pune to Lonavla route may be ready after 5 years

Sushant Ranjan
Thursday, 9 May 2019

As per highly placed sources of the Pune Railway Division, “The amount has been sanctioned by the Ministry, but due to MCC, the approval of starting the work was not done. The work will start after the election.”

PUNE: The demand for the third and fourth lines between Pune and Lonavla is pending for a decade. The route is one of the busiest in the Central Railway. 

Though Rs 3,780 crore has been sanctioned for the third and fourth railway lines between Pune and Lonavla, the work has not started as approval for the work is pending with Railway Ministry due to the announcement of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on March 10. 

As per highly placed sources of the Pune Railway Division, “The amount has been sanctioned by the Ministry, but due to MCC, the approval of starting the work was not done. The work will start after the election.”

“After the election, the new government will be formed and then it will take three to four months to start the groundwork. From that day, it will take five years to be completed. The land acquisition process is almost done, as the Railways have 60 per cent land and we need 40 per cent more land. It will take some time, but we are hopeful that work will start before the end of this year,” said the source.

The existing double line corridor between Pune and Lonavla is over saturated with the line capacity exceeding 120 per cent.

A total of 58 pairs of trains and 10 goods trains ply in each direction per day.

As per the DPR prepared in June 2016, encroachments between Shivajinagar and Chinchwad stations will be critical for the completion of the project. The existing Kamshet station has to be dismantled and the new station has to be shifted 600 metres towards Pune for laying the third and fourth tracks. The land is available in continuous stretches from Kasarwadi to Dehu Road and from Ghorawadi to Vadgaon. The earthwork can be started at these locations.

The report states that the existing Sangam Road bridge over Mutha river near railway tracks at Pune station has to be shifted a few metres for the construction of the proposed third line. The railway authorities have discussed the issue with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), but the latter has refused to dismantle the bridge, a source said.

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