Independence Day trial successful, an extension of Pune Metro to Dapodi, Deccan Gymkhana soon
After starting metro rail service on a limited route earlier this year, the Pune Metro is set to expand on Monday from Garware College to Deccan Gymkhana and from Phugewadi to Dapodi after successful trial runs.
Pune Metro Public Relations Officer Hemant Sonawane said, “Pune Metro Rail has successfully conducted the first trial run on 15th August for the extended route on Reach 1 from Fugewadi to Dapodi and Reach 2 from Garware College to Deccan Gymkhana.”
He said the routes would be made operational after further trials in the coming months. “Successful trial runs on these routes have paved the way for the extension of service up to Reach 1 up to Shivajinagar and Reach 2 at Civil Court,” Sonawane said. The coaches travelled at a speed of 15 kmph during the trial run.
On Independence Day, the Pune Metro also recorded a record ridership of 87,429 and a revenue collection of Rs 8.16 lakh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pune Metro on March 6 this year and started operations from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Fugewadi on the proposed Reach 1 route up to Ramwadi from Vanaz to Garware College and on the proposed Reach 2 route up to Swargate.
Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, Maha-Metro, said, “We are committed to operating the expansion of both Reaches I and Reach II routes. The trial run has started and will soon be open to the public in the next few months.”
The metro has a total length of 33.2 km and consists of 30 stations, including five underground and 25 elevated stations.
To speed up the project, the Pune Metro has upgraded the routes as Reach 1 (Pimpri-Chinchwad to Civil Court), Reach 2 (Vanaz to Civil Court) and Reach 3 (Ramwadi to Civil Court), Underground Route 1 (Swargate to Civil Court). divided into. ) and Underground Route 2 (Range Hill to Civil Court). Commercial operation has started from Pimpri-Chinchwad to Phugewadi and Vanaj to Garware College station.