Monday, November 17, 2008

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation finally starts work on the 14.5-km-long Aundh-Ravet Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) route

Commuting time to come down to only 20 minutes!

Over 65 % cost escalation raises questions!

The massive traffic jams caused by the increasing number of commuters between Pune and Hinjewadi and towards the expressway on the Aundh-Ravet stretch has been making life difficult for the commuters for some time now. The faster evacuation of commuters through Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) is expected to ease the situation considerably.

Aundh-Ravet BRTS is a pilot project under the Centre’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) under which the central government will grant 50 per cent of the total fund. The state government will fund 20 per cent of the cost while 30 per cent will be borne by the PCMC.

PCMC has appointed SN Bhobe and Associates as project management consultants. The road is proposed to have a footpath, cycle-tracks and eight-foot subway.

“The project is to be completed in 18 months. Some structures on defense land have to be demolished and this is taking time,” Sharma said.

The proposal for the project was passed a year ago, but there was a delay in carrying out the project as defense land had to be acquired.

Questions are being raised about a cost escalation, by over 65 per cent, as the project, originally scheduled to cost Rs 198 crore is now pegged at Rs 333 crore.

The opposition parties are up in arms against the Rs 71 crore that PCMC’s standing committee passed last week for re-laying high-tension cables on the Aundh-Ravet stretch.
- Express India

Related Stories:

1) Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to take a loan of Rs 350 crore from the Asian Development Bank to start a Bus Rapid Transit System service

2) Bus Rapid Transit System project approved in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission

3) Footpath? My foot!

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1 comment:

  1. hi ravi, great news. what are they doing about the high-tension wires? any idea??

    This may increase the property cost in that area??

    cheers,
    -Nihal.

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