By Siddharth Gadkari, Pune Mirror http://www.punemirror.in/
In a major boost for the proposed Metro in the city, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to move one step ahead towards achieving the vision of superfast connectivity around the city.
Being conducted in accordance with an order issued by the State government, this initiative by PMC is likely to be instrumental in getting a fast green light for the Pune Metro project from the Centre. Talking to Mirror, Prashant Waghmare, city engineer at PMC, said, “In the coming days, we are going to conduct a suggestion-andobjection exercise on the proposed Metro project, which is a part of the draft Development Plan (DP) of the old city limits.
We will invite suggestions from the public on issues such as allocating Floor Space Index (FSI) of 4 on a 500-metre area on both sides of the corridors among others. The public can register their suggestions and objections with the civic body for a period of one month from the date of issuing the notification.”
Earlier, in June 2012, the State cabinet had approved the 14.925-km elevated route from Vanaz to Ramwadi, while deciding that Phase-I of the project would be completed by 2017. In October 2013, the State cabinet had approved the Metro project for Pune, while pushing the completion deadline of Phase-I to 2021. A Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) report had originally estimated that the project will be completed by May 30, 2014. At present, the Pune Metro proposal has been pending with the Central government’s Urban Development Ministry for final approval. More info