Monday, October 31, 2016

Metro may run to proposed airport

The idea of connecting the metro rail project to the proposed airport in Purandar is floating around with a feasibility study likely in the near future.
With the Pune metro project all set for a nod from the Cabinet after it was passed by the public investment board of the finance ministry on October 15, sources in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) told TOI on Friday that the future phases of the project will include a feasibility study to connecting the metro lines to the new airport and based on reports, a decision will be taken.
An official at PMC, who requested anonymity, said with the first phase of the project aiming to stretch to 31.21km, additional modifications, which also included adding around 1.8km, and connecting the metro to the existing Lohegaon airport were also considered.
"A feasibility study in connection with the extension of the Pune metro to the site of the proposed Pune airport at Purandar is needed. Transportation to the airport is among the most important, but the study is essential. One should look into the expected number of passengers at the new airport first. If the new airport is expected to receive around five lakh passengers each year, one will need to calculate the number of passengers coming to the airport per day and whether the extension of lines to 50km will be feasible. However, the studies will take place based on which a decision to modify the routes will be taken. The process is lengthy, but will be undertaken," an official told TOI.
The proposed length of the metro in the city is 31.51km. It will run on two corridors between Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Swargate (16.59km) and from Vanaz to Ramwadi (14.92km).
31/10/16 Joy Sengupta/The Times Of India