PMC panel approves Metro route from Nigdi to Swargate

Proposal to be tabled before civic general body after which it will be sent to govt for approval

The standing committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation on Monday gave its nod to the proposed Metro rail route from Nigdi to Swargate with an extension till Katraj. It will now be tabled before the civic general body after which it would be sent to the state government for approval.

"The 16.59 km Metro route was approved after accepting the suggestion of members to extend it from Swargate to Katraj. It has been forwarded to the civic general body," said Baburao Chandere, chairperson of the committee.

He said the decision would enable the civic administration to simultaneously take up work on two routes. PMC has already approved the Vanaz-Ramwadi route and sent it to the Union government for final approval. The Nigdi-Swargate route would be developed jointly by the PMC and the PCMC.

Initially, there was a proposal that the cost to be incurred by civic bodies would be distributed equally between the PCMC and the PMC, but differences cropped up with the former arguing that the length of the route passing through PCMC area was less and it would hence pay accordingly. Of the 16.59-km route, a 7.15-km stretch is in PCMC limits and a 9.44-km stretch is in the PMC limits.

The PCMC general body had passed a resolution to bear the cost of the 7.15-km stretch and the commissioner had urged the PMC to take a similar decision and send a joint proposal to the state government.

The 16.59-km route from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate will have 15 stations. The route in PCMC area would be elevated and have six stations. Of the 9.44-km stretch in the PMC area, 4.78 km will be elevated and 4.66 km underground.

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