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PMRDA to incorporate traffic dept inputs to flyover plan

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Friday guided the specialists to remember the traffic division’s proposals for the draft plan for the up and coming two-level flyover on University Road.

Pawar explored the arrangement at a gathering on Friday. The 1.5km flyover, which will uphold both the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro and vehicular traffic, is being created by Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority.

When all proposals are consolidated, the arrangement will be finished in seven days. “The traffic department has suggested some changes in the draft plan and these technicalities are being studied. The final draft with the changes will again be put up for review at the next weekly meeting,” PMRDA chief planner Vivek Kharwadkar told TOI.

Senior authorities said a few alternatives were talked about for the proposed flyover, and that achievability of each will be thought of. “Among the options being studied are whether the flyover should be bi-directional or one-way from Shivajinagar to Aundh and Baner. If it is to be one-way, the feasibility of a grade separator and its benefits and impact on traffic flow are also being assessed,” a senior official said.

“A flyover without traffic signals and one with intersections — these too will be studied. A decision will be taken in the coming meeting after thorough discussion. While two flyovers have been pulled down on this stretch, the third flyover at College of Agriculture will remain and run parallel to the Metro line,” a senior official who attended the meeting said.

The primer draft meeting was gone to by police, traffic office authorities and nearby delegates.

The Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar hallway is the third Metro line coming up in the city, after the Vanaz-Ramwadi and the PCMC-Swargate passages that are being created by the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited. PMRDA is looking at a 2023 cutoff time for the finishing of this passage.

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