Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MahaRail) has prepared and submitted a Revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Pune-Nashik Medium Rapid Rail Corridor Project to Indian Railways and Government of Maharashtra.
The DPR is revised due to objections raised by the Ministry of Defense. The department requested changes in the original plan, i.e. the alignment in the Khed tehsil.
“Land acquisition in Khed tehsil for the proposed semi-rapid train project has been suspended after the Department of Defense requested the district administration to revise the route of the railway in the detailed project report (DPR) original, believing it was passing through an Army explosives disposal facility,” HT reported.
“There was a problem with the alignment of the tracks. So now a newly revised alignment has been submitted by the MRIDC and after going through it we will recommend the process to continue,” said Vineet Nair, Pune Circle Defense Estates Officer.
In the original RPD, the railway line ran through the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Facility. The Department of Defense was first approached on March 7, 2022 for permission to build on land below it through the Office of the Defense Estates Officer (DEO).
Upon receipt of MahaRail’s field requirement, the first joint survey was conducted as early as March 11, 2022. A joint meeting with MahaRail officials was held on March 16, 2022, during which it was conveyed to officials that the demolition activities carried out on the army installation endangered the proposed route of the railway.
MahaRail officials then realized the need to modify the proposed rail route. They submitted a new proposal with the revised route of the railway on April 19, 2022, after the second joint inspection was held on April 18, 2022. The proposal is currently being processed based on the revised route.
The Pune-Nashik semi-rapid rail corridor will cover a distance of 235 kilometers.