Pune: PMC to receive the Neo-Metro draft DPR by March

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The Pune Municipal Corporation will be receiving the draft of (DPR) detailed project report of the Neo-Metro Project on High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) located in Pimpri Chinchwad by March-end. 

While speaking to TOI (Times of India), Shravan Hardikar, the Municipal Commissioner stated that Maha Metro has been asked to start preparing the draft DPR. He stated that the traffic on the HCMTR route is not very high and thus Metro is not suitable. He also added that if the Metro is implemented in that stretch, there will be no passenger crowd and it will be a costly affair. 

In the draft budget 2020-21, PMC has allotted a sum of Rs 50 crore for Metro and Neo-Metro projects. Neo-Metro is a kind of public transportation that doesn’t run on rail tracks instead runs on an elevated route. The expense of Neo-Metro is around 40% less than that of a Metro project. If the passenger rush increases over time, the civic administration will plan on laying railway tracks for Metro service or a light railway. Rs 150 crore is the approximate cost of this project. 

Along the  land reserve for HCMTR in Walhekarwadi, Rahatani, Kalewadit, a number of houses have popped up. The residents in these area state that they had bought the land about 20-30 years ago from farmers.”70% of the land that will be used for the project belongs to the civic body,” said one of the PMC officials. 

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