The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) has completed 90% of the construction of the Phugewadi Metro station and plans to finish the rest in the coming few days. Phugewadi is the second station, after the one at Sant Tukaramnagar, to be ready on the Pimpri-Dapodi priority route. MahaMetro plans to start fullfledged service between these two stations in the initial phase.
The officials said most of work in the interior of the station was complete — including the construction of platforms and cabling. Work on the exterior, foot overbridge and stairs is under way. Initially, the station will have two staircases from the footpaths on both sides of the road. More entrances will be set up at a later stages as needed, officials said.
“We have expedited the work at the Phugewadi station. The work of the exterior will be completed soon. Various agencies are working in coordination at the site,” an official from MahaMetro said.
The official added, “The station will have two levels. The first will house the concourse where commuters will be able purchase tickets or swipe their card. The platform will be on the upper level. The station will also have escalators and a lift to provide easy access to the concourse and platform. There will be a waiting lounge and direction boards as well.”
Hemant Sonawane, general manager (PR) at MahaMetro, said, “The MahaMetro has already completed the construction of the viaduct on the Pimpri-Dapodi route. Now, the construction of stations is the priority. Other stations — Pimpri, Nashik Phata, Kasarwadi and Dapodi — are also at an advanced stage.
The construction of a station is the most critical work of the Metro project as it involves a lot of complicated work, such as setting up of control rooms for signalling, track monitoring and commuter facilities.” MahaMetro said the work on the viaduct crossing the Mula river at Harris bridge has started. The Metro will travel towards Khadki after crossing the river.