Union urban development minister Kamal Nath has asked the civic authorities to speed up the metro rail project in Pune and integrate all modes of mass transport. However, there is still confusion about land acquisition for the project and monorail which is still not a part of the development plan (DP) of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
In an attempt to expedite the long-pending project, Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar held a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the issue with Union urban development minister Kamal Nath and local political leaders and civic officials. However, the opposition parties have alleged that the local ruling parties first should clear the confusion regarding the location of metro stations before taking further steps.
Founder of Pune Janhit Aghadi, Ujwal Keskar termed speeding up the project as ‘building castles in the air’. There is no mention of the monorail in the revised DP. Hence, how will the PMC integrate all modes of mass transport?”
“For integration of all modes of transport, a new consultant will be appointed. This means, the project will not take off despite a push from the central government,’’ he added.
BJP city unit president Vikas Mathkari said, “Though the Union ministers have asked the authorities to expedite the Metro project, corporators have proposed changes in reservations for metro stations.” He said, “The leaders of ruling parties have suggested that the proposed reservation at the open plot opposite Esquare multiplex on University Road and Ramwadi for the metro station should be cancelled and it should be declared as a residential zone. If this happens, there will be again change in the plan for the metro project on these routes.’’
Mathkari added, “Moreover, the detailed project report has not been included in the draft of the revised DP. We have brought these issues to the notice of our member of parliament in Rajya Sabha Prakash Javadekar. He met Sharad Pawar in Delhi on Thursday and expressed his
concern on these issues.”