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Pune metro: NGO urges Venkaiah Naidu to rework route

It has also said that the decision to build elevated or underground metro should be based on whether the construction would ease traffic in the area or increase congestion.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
September 27, 2015 2:09:29 am

THE Pedestrians First, an NGO, has said in a letter to the Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, that the proposed Pune Metro as per the DPR plan for Vanaz – Ramwadi corridor would increase traffic congestion and interruption in the city.

It has also said that the decision to build elevated or underground metro should be based on whether the construction would ease traffic in the area or increase congestion.

“The route should be so decided that it would be of maximum use for citizens resulting in highest possible ridership (of metro) and substantial reduction in traffic congestion on road,” stated Prashant Inamdar, convenor of the organisation, in a letter sent to the ministry.

“The type of metro (elevated or underground) should be chosen solely on the basis of nature of area through which the route passes. Underground Metro on congested roads and where alternative roads for traffic diversion are not available. Elevated Metro in other areas…” said the letter.

The letter also referred to a series of letters the NGO had sent in the last five years regarding issues with the Pune Metro Plan, the last one dated July 31. The letter raised concerns that the metro as per the present DPR plan for Vanaz – Ramwadi corridor would have adverse impact on Pune.

“We have serious apprehensions about DMRC’s plan for Vanaz-Ramwadi Metro and have been demanding reworking of the Pune Metro DPR after consultations with those who have raised objections. MoUD, Govt of India has also twice advised the Maharashtra State Government and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) that the Pune Metro DPR be reworked with a relook at the alignment and other technical aspects. However, the PMC and the state government have not ddressed the issues and modified the plan,” the letter said.

“We are unable to understand why reworking of DMRC’s Pune Metro DPR cannot be done when such a decision has been taken for Mumbai Metro and Navi Mumbai Metro after problems with DMRC’s DPR were noted. This should have been done by PMC five years ago,” the letter added.

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