Pune Metro Rail - For whose benefit?
A much sought after proposal, the Pune Metro has been planned for two corridors – traversing from North to South is the PCMC to Swargate corridor which is Phase I, and from East to West is the Vanaaz to Ramwadi corridor which is Phase II. It runs underground and overground, together at a total length of 30.36 kms. The estimated cost is Rs.11,522 crores.
Phase I : covers a 16.13 kms stretch (10.18 kms elevated, 5.95 kms underground), from PCMC to Swargate.
PCMC Station- Tukaram Nagar-Bhosari-Kasarwadi-Fugewadi-Dapodi-Bopodi-Khadki-Hill Range- Shivajinagar-ASI-PMC-Budhwar Peth-Mandai-Swargate (Elevated from PCMC to Shivajinagar, underground from Shivajinagar to Swargate).
Phase II: covers a 14.23 kms stretch, all elevated from Vanaz to Ramwadi.
Vanaz- Ideal Colony -Anand nagar- Nal Stop-Garware College-Deccan Gymkhana-Sambhaji Park-PMC--Civil Court-Mangalwar Peth-Pune Railway Station-Ruby Clinic-Bund Garden-Yerawada-Kalyani nagar-Ramwadi
The main objective of the NUTP (National Urban Transport Policy) formed under the MoUD (Ministry of Urban Development ) is to plan for people rather than vehicles, by providing sustainable mobility and accessibility to all citizens at affordable cost and within reasonable time. It is universally agreed that a robust public transportation system will play a major role in decongestion of roads, minimizing pollution, and making mobility cheaper and faster across various sectors in society. Hence the MRT (Mass Rapid Transport) system or the Metro becomes very attractive as a transportation means to achieve this goal.
Yet, is Metro truly the best mobility option for Pune? There are some major issues that have been overlooked while opting for this MRT system. To know more go to Pune's Metro Rail - For whose benefit?