Rail Ministry sanctions Nashik-Pune route

The Centre has finally accepted the 16-year-old demand for a Nashik-Pune rail route. Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal gave his nod to the project on Wednesday.

Reacting to the decision, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Sameer Bhujbal gave credit to the people of Nashik and Dhule.

He said the project would take at least eight years to complete after commencement of work. He said the first two surveys conducted by the Railways for a Nashik to Pune route were negative and claimed that he met the authorities several times and requested them to re-survey the route.

Nashik would develop much faster after the development of this route, he said, adding that the proposed project was set to cost Rs 1,899.64 crore, which would come to Rs 7.14 crore per kilometre. The railway engineering transportation division has surveyed and fixed the routes. These include an existing Pune to Begadewadi route, besides a new route through Chakan, Rajgurunagar, Sangamner, Sinnar and Nashik, parallel to the Nashik-Pune national highway.

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