|Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan began its protest rally from under the flyover of Garware Pul in Deccan Gymkhana. This was to be the beginning of a long, sustained campaign against a disastrous metro envisaged by our elected representatives|
Despite protests by citizens led by the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan based on study of experts which brought out flaws in the haphazard Detailed Project Report (DPR) made by the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation), the disastrously planned Pune Metro was passed by the General Body of the Pune Municipal Corporation in June 2010. Ever since, it is lying with the state government for approval. Parisar, a leading environmental and traffic related NGO, analyses the proposed metro in a set of two reports. I have provided links to both the reports. Please do read and comment, vinita
Analysis of the proposed metro rail system in Pune
- Though data from these reports suggest that a metro rail may be justified for Pune, the data itself was questionable (e.g. one report states that Ganeshkhind road already carries more than 40,000 people per direction in the peak hour which is plainly not possible).
- Therefore, it is necessary to first conduct a detailed review of the data in the three reports and improve it before any conclusion can be reached whether Pune needs a metro rail.
- Even if Pune does require a metro rail, many other things must be done before implementing the metro rail such as strengthening modes such as walking, cycling and the bus system and integrating all the modes into a common transport system rather than them being stand alone systems.
- Some rather ad hoc decisions have been made such as granting a conditional extension to the Vanaz-Ramwadi corridor to Kharadi and the airport without any studies to back it up.
- PMC has made some misleading statements in this regard, such as claiming that the metro was justified by the CMP, though the metro DPR was commissioned before the CMP.
- The likely benefits of the metro rail system are only about 40% of what are claimed in the DPR even based on the numbers given in the DPR itself and therefore, the socio-economic benefit of the proposed metro is likely to be negative, i.e. the system is likely to be harmful to Pune's citizens.