PM asks Cen­tre, Ma­ha­rash­tra to sort Pune rail row

The Asian Age - - Nation - ANIMESH SINGH

With the pres­ti­gious Pune metro rail project fac­ing prospects of get­ting de­layed as one of its pro­posed cor­ri­dors passes too close to the fa­mous Aga Khan palace — a na­tional mon­u­ment — Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing a re­cent re­view of the project, has di­rected the Union Ur­ban Af­fairs Min­istry and Ma­ha­rash­tra Gov­ern­ment to re­solve the mat­ter at the ear­li­est.

Ac­cord­ing to highly placed sources, Mr Modi is learnt to have in­formed the of­fi­cials from the cen­tral min­istry as well as the state gov­ern­ment that they should re­solve the is­sue of an al­ter­na­tive align­ment ( route) for the cor­ri­dor pass­ing near the na­tional mon­u­ment, “ex­pe­di­tiously”.

Even as re­align­ment or re- rout­ing the cor­ri­dor could con­sid­er­ably de­lay the project which is sup­posed to be com­pleted by 2021, the Prime Min­is­ter dur­ing the course of the re­view meet­ing, asked the Ma­ha­rash­tra Gov­ern­ment and the union ur­ban af­fairs min­istry to ex­pe­dite the ex­e­cu­tion of Pune Metro project and “com­plete it on time”.

The Pune metro project had started in De­cem­ber 2016 and is con­sid­ered to be the BJP’s dream project as both Union Min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar and BJP’s MP from Pune Anil Shi­role have been keenly fol­low­ing its progress.

The Prime Min­is­ter re­viewed what is known as the first phase of the Pune metro rail project, which con­sists of two cor­ri­dors, each with a length of 15 km.

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