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Pune Metro project gets Centre’s nod

(Last Updated On: 11/09/2015)

Vinit Wahi

After a long wait, the Pune Metro project received the Centre’s nod, paving the way for over Rs 11,000-crore work for overhead rails to ease the worsening traffic congestion in the city.

“The Centre has accepted my report on the (Metro) project and cleared it for early resumption of work,” Girish Bapat, Maharashtra Minister, told a news conference here after his meeting with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Venkaiah Naidu and Prakash Javadekar. Mr. Bapat, who holds portfolio of Food & Drug Administration, is also the Guardian Minister of Pune district.

Mired in controversies that led to its delay, the Pune Metro project’s feasibility had raised doubts because of the cost entailed by previous proposals advocating underground rails. Now a major portion of the Metro will be overhead to cut cost of the project conceived six years back. “The cost factor should make the fare of the Metro journey affordable for commuters,” he said.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis as well as Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari — both hailing from Nagpur — had attracted criticism from the Opposition and other quarters for their alleged “favouritism” in piloting and getting sanctioned the Nagpur Metro project before that of Pune’s.

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