In a move geared towards enhancing connectivity between Pune’s prominent IT hubs, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is gearing up to inspect the feasibility of extending the elevated Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro line all the way to Hadapsar-Loni Kalbhor. This ambitious project aims to create a seamless link between the city’s major tech zones.
Exploring the Metro Expansion Plan
To kickstart this visionary project, PMRDA will soon appoint a consultant to conduct a comprehensive study for the proposed 19-kilometer Metro stretch, extending from Shivajinagar to Loni Kalbhor. The initiative is a collaborative effort between MahaMetro and PMRDA, with both entities sharing the consultant’s fees.
Additionally, the selected company will be tasked with drafting a feasibility study for a second, 25-kilometer Metro service extension from Swargate to Khadakwasla. This extension is expected to eventually connect to the main line in Hadapsar, establishing a vital link between south Pune and the third Metro line.
Timeline and Expectations
The consultant, once appointed, is expected to deliver the feasibility report for both stretches within two months. The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority plans to submit the report to the state government, anticipating its reception by January. The report’s approval would pave the way for the execution of this transformative project.
Exploring the PPP Framework
A top PMRDA official revealed that the consultant would evaluate the feasibility of the Metro extension under the PPP (public-private partnership) framework. This model mirrors the approach adopted for the ongoing Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro stretch.
The Pune Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (PUMTA) recently directed PMRDA to enlist a consultant to assess the viability of the Metro extension, marking a significant step in the fourth phase of Pune’s metro development.