Pune, 9th Sept: The Union government on Wednesday gave the green signal to the Pune Metro.The decision was taken in New Delhi at a meeting of Union ministers with elected representatives from Pune. There was a meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) leaders, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar with transport minister Nitin Gadkari and Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
The Metro will run along the Mutha, between Alka Talkies and Pune station. Earlier, it was supposed to pass via Jangli Maharaj Road. The delay in union government’s decision was attributed to differences over allowing elevated or underground rail for route from Vanaz to Ramwadi.
The state Cabinet had approved of the Metro service for Pune in October 2013, but the deadline for completion of phase one was pushed to 2021. In June 2012, the Cabinet approved the 14.925 km long elevated route from Vanaz to Ramwadi, deciding that phase-I of the project will be completed in five years — by 2017.
The total cost for both corridors has increased to nearly Rs 2,199 crore, compared to the estimated cost in 2009.The revised estimated cost of the project is now pegged at Rs 10,813 crore. Now, the Chinchwad- Swargate corridor will cost Rs 6,960 crorre and the Vanaz-Ramwadi route will cost Rs 3,223 crore.