MahaMetro is constructing two of the three Metro corridors in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, and has taken possession of 35 out of 40 hectares needed, officials said on Thursday. “All the government agencies have been very positive in handing over required plots of land for Metro work. Active support of the government has led to (MahaMetro taking) possession of over 87% land so far,” an official said.
As per MahaMetro, 25% of the civil work on the Pimpri-Range Hills section and 15% of the work on the Vanaz-Civil Court stretch has been completed so far. “Work has been progressing at a fast clip in view of the impending monsoon,” an official said.
Of the 40 hectares, 37 belongs to various government agencies. MahaMetro has sourced the land from Pune Municipal Corporation, College of Agriculture, other government, defence and cantonment boards. The remainder — 3 hectares — is privately owned. Officials have expressed confidence of taking over the remaining 2 hectares of government-owned land too.
According to a senior official, land acquisition gathered pace in the last couple of months, once they received possession of the plots of land at Kothrud garbage depot and Swargate. MahaMetro had received both parcels of land from Pune Municipal Corporation. The Vanaz Metro depot will come up at the plot where the garbage depot stands right now in Kothrud, while the Swargate plot will be used to construct the much-vaunted multimodal transport hub integrating Metro, bus and other transport services.
MahaMetro has also taken over land at the Shivajinagar foodgrain godown and the agriculture college.
Officials have also said they have initiated the steps to acquire private land. “The corporation has so far prepared 40 proposals. The process of issuing letters to the land owners is underway. So far, six land owners have given consent to handing over the land,” an official said.