PMRDA officials said the land acquisition process was nearly complete for the corridor and that the Pune Municipal Corporation has given an in-principle approval to the University flyover plan, clearing the decks for the project’s concessionaire — Tata-Siemens — to begin the project.
“The project will have to be completed in three years and four months from the commencement date,” a PMRDA official said.
Once the commencement date is announced, work will begin simultaneously at eight locations along the 23.3km route, officials said. An official close to the development said pre-engineering work and geotechnical investigation have been completed, while 70% of the work sites have been barricaded; soil testing, structural design and work at the casting yard too has begun.
The corridor will connect Mann, near the Hinjewadi IT park, to Civil Court in Shivajinagar. Officials said it would take 40 minutes to complete end-to-end commute on the route, which will comprise 23 stations. The concessionaire will execute the project on a design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis for an initial concession period of 35 years.