In order to connect the two IT hubs of the city, PMRDA will shortly appoint a consultant for the extension of the elevated Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro line up to Hadapsar-Loni Kalbhor.
The consultant will carry out a study for the 19-kilometer Metro stretch from Shivajinagar to Loni Kalbhor, according to a senior official of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA).
Additionally, officials agreed that MahaMetro and PMRDA would split the consultant’s fees.
The chosen company would also draft a feasibility study for a second, 25-kilometer Metro service extension from Swargate to Khadakwasla.
According to a second PMRDA official, it would eventually link to the main line in Hadapsar, connecting south Pune to the third Metro line.
Within two months of being hired, the consultant would be expected to turn in the feasibility report for both stretches. The state government would receive the report—which is anticipated by January—for the project’s execution.
The distance between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar Metro is 23 km.
According to a top PMRDA official, the consultant will determine whether the Metro extension is feasible under the PPP (public-private partnership) framework. Using the same model, the current Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro stretch is being implemented.
Recently, PMRDA was instructed by the Pune Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (PUMTA) to hire a consultant to assess the viability of Metro extension, which would link the two IT hubs, as part of the fourth phase.