Pune: The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited on Wednesday said the 7km stretch between Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Phugewadi would be ready by the December-end deadline, but the 5km corridor from Vanaz (Anandnagar) to Garware College would take more time.
The work on the Vanaz-Garware College stretch slowed down near Paud Phata junction, where the Metro viaduct would connect Karve Road and Paud Road, because of the delay in shifting huts and other constructions. Another delay was encountered on Paud Road for shifting the high-tension power cable.
The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) officials claimed that both the issues had been resolved now.
MahaMetro said the work of digging foundations and building Metro pillars had almost been completed on both the priority stretches — Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Phugewadi and Vanaz (Anandnagar) to Garware College.
A senior official said, “We have now started installation of spans, laying of tracks and preliminary work for the overhead traction. These are basic necessities for running Metro. Steps have also been taken to install the signal and telecommunication system.”
The official said, “The installation of spans and laying of tracks have been given a push. Tracks have been laid on about 5.5km stretch on the PCMC-Phugewadi stretch. The remaining work would get over in the next two months. Two Metro stations on each stretch would be made operational with the completion of the civil work related to a viaduct. Metro would be introduced on priority between two stations on each corridor.”
Two Metro corridors will cover about 32-km distance in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. MahaMetro has divided the work into four parts to expedite it. The civil work on all four stretches has started.
A senior official said, “Right now, we are concentrating on the completion of the civil work by December and keeping the tracks ready to run the Metro. Our teams are also working on various aspects pertaining to the commercial running of Metro on these routes.”