PUNE: With lakhs of people working in the IT park at Hinjewadi, a good mass transport system such as metro is very much needed considering the present scenario and the fast development taking place, Pedestrians First, a NGO working for sustainable public transport, has said.
Convener of Pedestrians First, Prashant Inamdar, in a letter sent to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, said the present routes of Pune metro have been adopted from the study carried out by RITES in the year 1998.
The twin cities of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad have grown and expanded rapidly over the past 10 to 15 years. Newer areas have developed and the traffic pattern has also changed considerably since the time the decision to have metro was taken. The Pune metro detailed project report (DPR) itself has been prepared about seven years ago. The DPR has sidetracked Hinjewadi and relegated it to priority number four saying that Hinjewadi is only under development. This itself proves that the DPR has now become outdated and the routes need to be reviewed.
Considering the importance of Hinjewadi, the rapid development taking place and ever growing commuting needs of lakhs of people working in the area, it will be too late by the time the future planning for Hinjewadi metro line number four becomes a reality.
There is a need for review of both the metro alignments as advised by the central government. It is necessary that the metro alignments be modified suitably and Hinjewadi should be connected to the metro network in phase one itself. In view of the ground reality, the state government needs to relook at the Pune Metro plan alignments and provide a useful and sustainable metro network as per the present needs and priorities with a long term perspective, Inamdar said.
Source- Times of India