Following the successful trial run on the Vanaz to Garware College Metro stretch, the focus has now shifted to the stations on this 5km stretch. The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro), which is executing the project, said around 50% of the work on the five stations was complete. Construction of three stations at Vanaz, Anandnagar and Garware College was in the advanced stages, MahaMetro said.
MahaMetro officials said MahaMetro was planning to complete as much work as possible at all five sites by the end of November.
The Vanaz to Garware College section has been deemed a priority stretch — one of two in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad — by MahaMetro. Efforts to complete this stretch were on a war-footing and, taking into account delays caused by the pandemic, everything was completed, allowing trial runs to be held in the past two weeks, officials said.
“We are now putting all our effort into completing the stations’ construction. This is complicated, as many agencies are involved. Each station will have two levels — the concourse where the commuters will be able to purchase tickets, and the platform where they will board, or alight from, the train. At nearly every station, the concourse and platform levels are ready,” a MahaMetro official said.
MahaMetro said each station will have its entry-exit points on the footpath on both sides of the road. The official said each station would have at least two entry-exit points initially; some will eventually have three or more.
Hemant Sonawane, general manager (PR) of MahaMetro, said the stations will be equipped with adequate safety measures for commuters. “MahaMetro is installing elevators and escalators; the stations will also have foot overbridges and staircases for the commuters,” he said.
Sonawane added that MahaMetro will continue trial runs even as the work on the stations has been expedited. The trials will help officials constantly check various technical parameters. “As we approach the deadline, the trails may be held on a daily basis, as the need arises,” Sonawane said.