Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to construct the longest flyover in Pune district near the Empire Estate in Chinchwad

Speaking to TOI, Dilip Kudale, co-ordinator of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) cell, said the civic body has received a sanction from the Union government to build the flyover under this scheme.

The PCMC has received Rs 442.60 crore for developing two Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridors one from Nashik phata to Wakad and the second 11.2-km long corridor from Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi.

Kudale said, "The flyover near Empire Estate, on the old Pune-Mumbai highway, is part of the Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS corridor. The total width of this stretch will be 45 metre. Meanwhile, the total length of the flyover will be 1.9 km, while the width will be around 27 metre."

He added, "The flyover will have six lanes and the width of each lane will be 3.5 metre. One lane on each side of the road divider will be marked for BRTS buses. There will be a cycle track on both sides of the flyover, measuring 2.5 metre. There will also be 1.5 metre wide footpath."

The main roads in the township Dehu-Alandi road, old Pune-Mumbai highway, Aundh-Ravet road, Telco road and westerly bypass are in the east-west direction. The Kalewadi to Dehu-Alandi BRTS corridor will run in the north south direction and connect all these roads.

"The flyover will begin in Kalewadi and cross the Pavana river, Pimpri-Chinchwad link road, Pune-Lonavla railway line and the old Pune-Mumbai highway and end near Autocluster in Chinchwad", said Kudale.

The traffic congestion on the Indira Gandhi flyover in Pimpri is expected to reduce, since people from Kalewadi and nearby areas, who have to cross the railway tracks, and the old Pune-Mumbai highway will use the new flyover.

"The flyover will be built on a 45-metre-wide road as per the Development Plan. Since, the PCMC is in possession of the land, there is no problem of land acquisition," said Kudale.

However, since permission from the railways is necessary to construct a flyover over railway tracks, he said, "We have sent letters to the railways seeking permission. We have also held talks with railway officials in this regard."

"The municipal commissioner has given the go-ahead for inviting tenders for this project. The expected cost of the project is around Rs 80 crore," said Kudale.
-The Times of India

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