Work begins on Pune Metro route extension up to Nigdi

Pune Metro

Pimpri : Actual work on the 4.519-km extension of Pune Metro route up to Nigdi has started. The contract of the ‘via duct’ work on the route has been awarded to Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. Currently, soil testing work is underway. The route extension work is likely to be completed within 130 weeks. That means if all goes well, the Metro will run on the extended route after three years.

The Metro service became operational up to Pimpri (PCMC Bhavan) in the first phase. Citizens were demanding its extension up to Nigdi. An agitation was also launched to press for the demand. Considering the popular demand, the Centre sanctioned the extension project at the cost of Rs 910.18 crore on October 23, 2023. Later, a tender was floated for the ‘via duct’ work of the 5.519-km route extension from the Bhakti-Shakti Chowk in Nigdi up to Mother Teresa flyover in Chinchwad. The Rs 339-cr contract has been awarded to the Centre’s Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd. It is an elevated route to be built along the service road from Nigdi to Pimpri.

At present, soil testing is being done at Nigdi, Bhakti-shakti Chowk, Tilak Chowk, etc, by barricading the spots on the road. After the work is completed, track-laying, signal system, power supply and station building will be taken up in the last stage. A separate tender will be floated for these tasks. The extension will be completed in over three years. After the extended route is ready, citizens will be able to travel by Metro from Nigdi up to Swargate, Ramwadi and Vanaz.

Construction will begin after soil testing. The project will be completed before the deadline, said MahaMetro Executive Director Hemant Sonawane.

Former corporator Amit Gawde said, “Metro should have run till Nigdi, which is the city’s entry point, in the first phase only. Now, MahaMetro should complete the work with speed in time so that citizens will be able to travel to Pune by Metro.”

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