Pune, India (Urban Transport News): The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (Maha Metro) today commenced the first trial run of metro train on a 5-km stretch from Vanaz to Garware College which is part of Vanaz - Ramwadi Corridor of Pune Metro Rail Project. The trial run without passengers was officially flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar and other dignitaries from the State Government, Pune Municipal Corporation, and Maha Metro.
The Maha Metro has set a deadline to open this section for the public in mid of October and November this year.
“We hope to make the metro rail public on a five-kilometer stretch from Vanaz to Garware College by October-November,” said Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director of Maha-Metro.
Earlier, Maha Metro had carried out a trial run on the 6-km stretch from Pimpri Chinchwad to Phugewadi, on the Pimpri Chinchwad - Swargate Corridor. Work on the remaining stretch is on the fast track, with the construction of an underground tunnel that has covered more than half of the distance from Shivajinagar to Budhwar Peth. The deadline for the Pune Metro Rail project has, however, been extended after work was hit due to the Covid-related lockdown.
Maha Metro is developing two metro corridors in Pune – one is a 16.6-km-long metro corridor from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Swargate, and another is a 14.7-km-long metro corridor from Vanaz to Ramwadi.
While talking with media personnel, Pawar said that 60 percent of the work on the Pune metro rail has been completed and Maha Metro would speed up the rest. “The PMC should take initiative for extension of the underground metro rail route from Swargate to Katraj as an elevated metro rail is not possible on the stretch. Similarly, the metro route should be extended from Vanaz to Chandni Chowk and Ramwadi to Wagholi,” he said, adding that the plan is to build a metro rail network in and around the city.
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