Multi-level University flyover design awaits PMC approval

The municipal corporation’s general body will soon discuss the design of the multi-level flyover proposed at the Savitribai Phule Pune University Chowk. The flyover will be built by the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA).

PMRDA recently submitted the design to the civic administration. The authority also made a presentation to members of all political parties, who pushed for a discussion in the upcoming general body meeting.

The flyover will be part of the viaduct of the Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro corridor, being developed by PMRDA. Once the PMC gives the go-ahead, PMRDA will chalk out the execution plan, which includes managing traffic during the construction.

Mayor Muralidhar Mohol said they were leaning towards approving the design. “A proposal states that expenses of the underpasses, which are part of the project, are to be incurred by PMC. We will discuss this issue, but also ensure the project is not delayed,” the mayor said.

The flyover will have wings towards Aundh, Baner and Pashan, apart from underpasses and pedestrian facilities. Shivajinagar legislator Siddharth Shirole said they will take all sets to ensure traffic is smoothly managed during the construction of the flyover. “The design is now with PMC. The civic body is expected to give the go-ahead in the next few days,” Shirole said.

Last August, the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority had demolisted two flyovers — the one at University Chowk and the one at E-Square to make way for the new flyover. Earlier, several options, including marginally shifting the Metro alignment to not disturb the flyovers was considered, but the authorities decided that a new, multi-tier flyover would be expeditious. The flyovers were demolished during a 14-day lockdown imposed in July-August 2020.

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