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PMPML suggest Metro Neo corridor beside Swargate-Katraj BRTS stretch

The district administration has asked MahaMetro and PMC authorities to investigate the alternative of having a Metro Neo hall along the Swargate-Katraj BRTS course lining up with the city transport administrations.

Metro Neo is a rail-guided metropolitan vehicle framework with elastic tyred electric mentors controlled by an overhead foothold framework running on raised or at-grade areas.

The issue was talked about on Wednesday during a Pune Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority meeting went to by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) and Pune Municipal Corporation authorities and Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) executive and overseeing chief Rajendra Jagtap, among others.

“A proposal on Metro Neo was moved during the meeting. The divisional commissioner urged the PMC to look into the proposal,” Jagtap said on Thursday.

“The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation is considering to have a Metro Neo corridor from Chakan to its high capacity mass transit route. In Pune city, the Metro is supposed to proceed underground along the Swargate-Katraj bus rapid transport system (BRTS) corridor. Instead, Metro Neo will be a cost-effective option,” he said.

“MahaMetro officials have pledged to look into the option. The cost of having an underground tunnel along the corridor for the Metro project is high. A Metro Neo corridor can bring down the cost by almost 15%. The PMPML’s air-conditioned buses can provide the feeder services,” Jagtap added.

The 5.5km-long Swargate-Katraj BRTS passageway is as yet under development. Among the significant bus stations along the stretch are Dhankawadi, Katraj, Padmavati and Market Yard Chowk among others.

“We have requested MahaMetro to support us for capital expenditure and viability funding for these services. The feeder service to ensure integration between Yerawada, Ramwadi and Kalyaninagar Metro stations will be prioritized,” Jagtap said.

The Center is wanting to favor public standard particulars for Metro Neo activities for level 2 and level 3 urban communities. Maharashtra has just given a green sign for this travel framework in Nashik.

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