Metro rail clears another hurdle, final draft before PIB in 15 days

The metro rail for the city inched ahead after the recent pre-public investment board (PIB) meeting cleared the project and suggested some compliances.

The project will be tabled before the PIB in July.

“The meeting discussed the project. A few observations have been made. The administration will make these changes in the report and send it back to PIB,” municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar told reporters.

According to Kumar, the PIB meeting expected in 15 days will discuss the final draft and send it for further process.

The PIB is a wing of the commission. Once the approval of the commission is sought, the project will be tabled before the Union Cabinet, Kumar said.

Civic officials said the Pune metro plan was sent to PIB in 2014 and it had come back to the civic authorities with suggestions for changes.
“A group of activists and NGOs opposed the proposal which led to a delay. The PIB had raised some queries on the detailed project report and suggested changes. The civic body and the state government made them and sent it to the Union government. The same process will be followed now,” a senior PMC official said.
The Union government had in June 2015 agreed to the changes in the metro route. The alignment of the route was shifted from from JM Road to alongside the Mutha river.

The proposed total length of the metro in Pune is 31.51km. It will run on two corridors__ the first, between Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Swargate (16.59km) and the second from Vanaz to Ramwadi (14.92km).

The revised estimate for the project announced by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is pegged at Rs 11,522 crore, a hike of Rs 653 crore compared to the 2014 estimate.
[Source:- The Times Of India city]