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For those tackling the daily grind of traffic between Hinjewadi and Pune city, relief is on the horizon. The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) is diligently working on the 23.3-km Pune Metro Line 3, connecting Maan Hinjawadi to the city center at Shivajinagar. This project, valued at Rs 8,313 crore, is progressing through a public-private partnership.
The Journey of Pune Metro Line 3
Pune Metro Line 3, primarily an elevated rail project, aims to link Hinjewadi to the central part of Shivajinagar. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors, with the project awarded to a consortium led by Tata Group’s Trill Urban Transport Private Limited (TUTPL) and Siemens Project Ventures.
The development and operation of the project for 35 years, following a build, operate, and transfer model, will be managed by Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited, a special-purpose company formed for this purpose. The Union government has infused Rs 410 crore as the first installment of the viability gap funding (VGF), a significant boost for the project.
Pune Metro Line 3 Completion Date
The state government greenlit this project in 2018, opting for a public-private partnership model. The consortium of TRIL Urban Transport Pvt Ltd and Siemens Project Ventures GmbH was entrusted with the project, leading to the creation of Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited as a dedicated entity.
The concession agreement, a crucial step, was signed in 2019, and the construction work officially began in 2021. As of now, approximately 45% of the project is complete, with the anticipated completion date set for March 2025, according to a PMRDA official.
Rahul Mahiwal, the metropolitan commissioner of the PMRDA, expressed confidence in the project’s financial standing, stating, “With the timely receipt of the first tranche from the central government, no other financial difficulties remain, and the project will progress as per schedule.”
Pune Metro Line 3: Public-Private Partnership Model
Since the project operates on a public-private partnership basis, viability gap funding (VGF) of Rs 1,225 crore was anticipated from the Centre. Following the infusion of 100% equity by the concessionaire and proportional disbursement of debt by banks, the PMRDA applied to the state government for the allocation of Rs 410 crore out of the total VGF.
Pune Metro Line 3: Route
Line-3: Hinjawadi – Civil Court
- Length: 23.33 km
- Type: Elevated
- Depot: Maan Village (20 hectares)
- Number of Stations: 23
- Station Names: Megapolis Circle, Embassy Quadron Business Park, Dohler, Infosys Phase II, Wipro Phase II, Pall India, Shivaji Chowk, Hinjewadi, Wakad Chowk, Balewadi Stadium, NICMAR, Ram Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Balewadi Phata, Baner Gaon, Baner, Krushi Anusadhan, Sakal Nagar, University, R.B.I., Agriculture College, Shivaji Nagar and Civil Court.
Current Pune Metro Operations
Presently, the Pune Metro is operational on two corridors:
Pune Metro Line 1
North-South Corridor: Running between PCMC to Swargate, this corridor covers 14 stations, with 5 underground and 4 elevated stations, spanning a total length of 17.4 km.
Halts: PCMC, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Bhosari (N.P.), Kasarwadi, Phugewadi, Dapodi, Bopodi, Khadki, Range Hill, Shivaji Nagar, Civil Court, Budhwar Peth, Mandai, Swargate.
Pune Metro Line 2
East-West Corridor: Stretching from Vanaz to Ramwadi, this corridor comprises 16 elevated stations, covering a total length of 15.7 km.
Halts:Vanaz, Anand Nagar, Ideal Colony, Nal Stop, Garware College, Deccan Gymkhana, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Udyan, PMC, Civil Court, Mangalwar Peth, Pune Railway Station, Ruby Hall Clinic, Bund Garden, Yerawada, Kalyani Nagar, Ramwadi
While the North-South Corridor is partially operational, work is still underway on the section between Civil Court to Swargate. Similarly, the East-West Corridor is operational from Vanaz to Ruby Clinic, with ongoing work between Ruby Clinic and Swargate.