Three coaches of Pune Metro Line 3 will arrive in the city by the end of May

PUNE: Three coaches of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) Metro Line 3 from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar are expected to arrive in the city by the end of this month. Following their arrival, the coaches will undergo rigorous testing and testing over the next month to ensure they are ready for public use. The PMRDA expects a trial run next month.

Three coaches of PMRDA's Metro Line 3 from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar are expected to arrive in Pune by May end.  (HT FILE)
Three coaches of PMRDA’s Metro Line 3 from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar are expected to arrive in Pune by May end. (HT FILE)

PMRDA Executive Engineer Umesh Mallawat said, “Currently, we have completed 55% of the work on Metro Line 3. These coaches are expected to arrive in Pune next month. The first lot consists of three carriages. Upon arrival, we will check at the metro depot for operational efficiency and safety.”

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Construction of the three metro coaches was completed in Chennai, where they also underwent a thorough inspection last month. These coaches are expected to arrive in Pune within the next 15 days. Upon arrival, they will be subject to further checks at the metro depot to confirm their operational efficiency and safety. Once these assessments are completed, the PMRDA plans to initiate trial runs, which marks a crucial step towards completing the project and eventual launch of Metro Line 3 for Punekars.

The Metro Line 3 from Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar is a major undertaking, stretching for 23.5 kilometers and having 23 stations including Hinjewadi, Megha Police, Wipro Chowk, Shivaji Chowk, Wakad Flyover, Balewadi Stadium, Vidyapeeth Chowk, AIR Kendra and Shivajinagar Court. The new transit route aims to provide seamless and efficient transportation options to commuters, significantly reducing travel time between these key areas. At Shivajinagar, the new line will be integrated with the existing Lines 1 and 2 of the Pune Metro, facilitating wider connectivity in the city.

The Metro Line 3 project is being executed by the PMRDA under a public-private partnership (PPP) model under which the Tata Group and Siemens have formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV), Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited, to execute the project .

To support Metro Line 3, a special depot has been set up on 55 hectares of MIDC land in Hinjewadi. This depot will serve as the central hub for maintenance and operations, ensuring the smooth operation of metro services.

In the month of April, employees of Pune IT City Metro Rail Limited initiated the launch of 8.5 meter wide segments for the construction of a double-decker flyover on Metro Line 3 on Ganesh Khind Road towards Pune University. The 1.6 km long flyover connects Aundh Road and RBI Chowk.

To expedite the launch of girders and facilitate the construction of additional pillars for Metro Line 3, significant changes to the traffic route have been implemented since May 4. These changes are aimed at reducing congestion between Veer Chaphekar Chowk (Agriculture College – Mhasoba Gate) and Shimla Office. (IMD) and surrounding areas.

Over the past two years, significant progress has been made in the physical infrastructure of the Pune Metro, with the construction of the pillars now completed. This foundational work forms the basis for the final phases of construction and testing, bringing the project closer to its expected launch.