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Monday, March 8, 2010

Edition 11: One Foot Towards Pune Metro

Even as Pune Municipal Corporation has approved the detailed project report for Metro Railway, the question of traffic in the city has come again to fore. Pune once known as the city of cycles has now turned into the capital of two wheelers. Before celebrating the expected arrival of metro rail on the scene, we have to see the exact situation of the vehicles plying on our roads. This will give us an idea why the Metro Rail is necessary for the city and how it will ease the pressure on the infrastructure.
According to figures available with us, the pressure on traffic increases with the increase in population. While the population in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Limits has grown almost 100% in last three decades, the population growth in the PMC limits is almost 200%. The population in PMC area in 2008 was 33,72,919 which is expected to be 48,07,868 in 2021 and 54,43,642 in 2031. This increase corresponds to that of the vehicles in city limits.
The development of the Pune city took place from historic times.
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Inadequate width and mixed traffic conditions, which simultaneously handle slow and fast moving vehicles, road transport can optimally carry 8,000 persons per hour per direction. If traffic density goes up more than this, the average speed of vehicles come down. Metro railway is an alternative to handle the traffic beyond this level.
Leaders from all political parties, like Sharad Pawar, Gopinath Munde and Ajit Pawar have supported the project. The Pune Municipal Corporation has approved the Detailed Project Report (DPR) which will be forwarded to Maharashtra and Central government for clearance.
Nationalist Congress Party, Congress, Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has supported the ambitious proposal. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 6,000 crore.

PMC hopes to complete the first phase of the project by 2014-15. The task appears uphill because development works are being carried out by the route proposed in the project. Also there is opposition to the project from some quarters high-lighting the selection of guages.
What Pune Will Get
Advantages of Metro
Requires 1/5th energy per
passenger km compared to road
based system.
Causes no air pollution in the city.
Causes lesser noise level.
Occupies no road space if made
underground. It is only about 2
metres wide if made elevated.
It carries same amount of traffic as
5 lanes of bus traffic or 12 lanes of
private motor cars (either way).
Reduces journey time by anything
between 50% and 75% depending
on road conditions.
Is more reliable, comfortable &
safer than road based system like
Bus, Cars etc.
How It Will Come Up
There are two routes proposed in the Metro Rail project which is approved by the Pune Municipal Corporation.
First route will be from Pimpri Chinchwad station to Swargate. The total length of this route will be 16.589 km out of which 5 km is underground and remaining 11.570 km will be elevated. There will be 15 stations on this route of which 9 are elevated and 6 are underground.
Second route will be from Vanaz (Kothrud) to Ramvadi. The length of this route is 14.925 km. Total 15 stations will on this route all of which will be elevated.

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