Conceptualised in 2009, the foundation stone of the Pune Metro was laid in December 2016. With an estimated cost of over Rs 11,400 crore, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) has included both elevated and underground options in the two partly functional corridors- Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to Swargate and Vanaz to Ramwadi.

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Pune metro status update

As per the current status of the Pune Metro, a successful trial run was conducted from Garware College to Civil Court station. The entire route will be opened for the public after the route between Phugewadi and Civil Court stations is tested in a few months.

Around 10 stations have been operational since the inauguration in March 2022. The hours of operation are 13-14 hours presently on each line. Around 27 trains ply and the tariff is between Rs 10 and Rs 20, with a round trip costing Rs 30.

Each metro train will have three coaches, and over 900 trains are estimated to be plying to assist the commute. Once completely operational, trains will be in service for 19 hours, from 5 AM till 12 AM daily, running at a maximum speed of 80 km per hour. After a delay due to land acquisition issues and the COVID-induced lockdown, the completion of the remaining portion of both lines is slated between December 2022 and early 2023.

 

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Pune Metro stations: Phase 1

Corridor 1: Purple Line (PCMC-Swargate)

The Purple Line of the Pune Metro connecting PCMC in the north to Swargate in the south stretches 17.4 km with 14 stations. Of these, five stations are underground, covering around six km, while nine stations are elevated, covering approximately 11.4 km. Presently, the first seven km of the line is operational, with five stations from PCMC to Phugewadi open to the public from 8 AM to 9 PM on all days. Listed below are the stations on this line-

  • PCMC (open)
  • Sant Tukaram (open)
  • Bhosari (Nashik Phata) (open)
  • Kasarwadi(open)
  • Phugewadi (open)
  • Dapodi
  • Bopodi
  • Khadki
  • Range Hill
  • Shivaji Nagar
  • Civil Court
  • Budhwar Peth
  • Mandai
  • Swargate

Corridor 2: Aqua Line (Vanaz-Ramwadi)

The Aqua Line of Pune Metro connects Vanaz in the west to Ramwadi in the east. The line is fully elevated, stretching across 15.7 km with 16 stations. The initial five km from Vanaz to Garware College, having five stations, is currently operational. The trains ply for 13 hours from 8 AM to 9 PM during the weekdays (Monday to Friday) and for 14 hours from 8 AM to 10 PM on the weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Listed below are the stations on this line-

  • Vanaz (open)
  • Anand Nagar (open)
  • Ideal Nagar (open)
  • Nal Stop (open)
  • Garware College (open)
  • Deccan Gymkhana
  • Chhatrapati Sambhaji Udyan
  • PMC
  • Civil Court
  • Mangalwar Peth
  • Pune Railway Station
  • Ruby Hall Clinic
  • Bund Garden
  • Yerwada
  • Kalyani Nagar
  • Ramwadi

Corridor 3: Civil Court-Megapolis Circle (Proposed)

Yet to be allotted a colour, the third corridor will cover over 23 km across 23 stations. This line will be fully elevated and serve the IT hubs of the city with stations at Embassy Quadron Business Park, Dohler, and Infosys Phase II, to name a handful. The interchange station for the Purple Line will be Shivaji Nagar, while Civil Court will help with interchanging to both Purple and Aqua Lines.

Pune Metro proposed corridor extensions

  • The Purple Line will be extended towards the north with an elevated stretch of almost 4.5 km from PCMC to Nigdi. This part will have three stations, namely Chinchwad, Akurdi and Nigdi.
  • A proposal to stretch the Purple Line from Swargate to Katraj, covering around 5.5 km, is also being tabled. Three underground stations- Gultekdi Market, Padmavati Chowk, and Katraj Junction- will be constructed for the extension.
  • A Detailed Project Report (DPR) for an 18-km extension on the third line from Shivaji Nagar to Kadam Wakwasti is also being prepared.
  • A short Line 4 of just three km from Swargate to Pul Gate may even come up. The DPR on the same is being prepared.
  • Maha-Metro has recently submitted the project report regarding the extension of the Pune Metro between Vanaz and Chandini Chowk. The extension work of the metro is said to be done at an estimated cost of Rs 3,500 crores.

Pune metro- A realty game changer

Infrastructural development is a pivotal contributor to real estate expansion. The micro-markets along Pune Metro, especially those that are next to the presently open stations, are reaping substantial growth in property values. Gauri Godse, Manager, Fusion Homes, Pune, avers, “PCMC has several land parcels, both government and private. Ever since the announcement of the metro rail has been made, the prices have gone north by at least 7-8 percent. Either developers are constructing residential apartments, or private individuals are giving their land to builders. Most people holding property here are putting it on rent to earn a substantial Return on Investment (ROI). The region is set to take the centre stage post metro.”

However, in the case of micro-markets that already fare high on connectivity and livability, the impact of the metro is yet to be felt. Bhagwat Latkar, Proprietor, Phoenix Properties, Pune, shares, “Deccan Gymkhana is going to have a dedicated station, but being a premium locality already, it is difficult to state whether the price appreciation is due to the metro or demand among homebuyers. As the metro project has been quite delayed, it is yet to gain the expected steam. However, once Pune Metro is completely operational, it will surely impact the realty market positively with at least 10 percent price rise in the developed areas and even more in the developing localities.”

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With work on the Pune Metro rail going on in full swing, commuting around the city is expected to become smoother. Perhaps, it will also help bring the pollution down while raising property prices in the areas alongside.

Pune metro: News and announcements 

The MMRCL has submitted its detailed project report to the PMC for Pune Metro Phase 2 which is expected to cover 43km in length. This will include Neo Metro as well which is under consideration for some time.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has given in-principal approval to Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) for funding the extension of the Pune Metro project. If approved, the EIB will be funding the two expansion projects and would be providing roughly 60 percent of the project cost.