The Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) has informed that construction work on the 23km long elevated Hinjewadi -Shivajinagar Metro corridor has been initiated at an investment of ₹8,000. The project, coming up on a public-private partnership model, has to be completed by the concessionaire, Tata-Siemens, in the next three years and four months. Commissioner, PMRDA, Suhas Diwase informed that the work will begin simultaneously at eight locations along the route.
The 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 have also begun. The corridor will connect Maan, near the Hinjewadi IT Park, to the Civil Court in Shivajinagar and it would take 40 minutes to complete the end-to-end commute on the route comprising 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. A few days ago, the Centre had pledged ₹1,230 crore as part of the viability gap funding. The double-decker flyover at the University chowk, which is coming up in place of the older University flyover, too got the green signal; the transport authority had suggested changes for traffic movement to make way for construction work. The barricading work is in progress in Hinjewadi Phase-3 and on Ganeshkhind Road, and the traffic department will be issuing orders for traffic management. This is the third Metro corridor coming up in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad where the other two routes — the fully elevated 14km-long Vanaz Ramwadi corridor and the 16km Pimpri-Swargate corridor, which will be elevated from Pimpri to Range Hills and underground thereafter — are being developed by MahaMetro.