PM Modi flags off Pune Metro, inaugurates, lays the foundation stones of several development projects

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New Delhi, August 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off Metro trains on Tuesday at the inauguration of services on the completed sections of the two corridors of Phase I of the Pune Metro.

He inaugurated the waste-to-energy plant under the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Apart from this, more than 1280 houses constructed by PCMC under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana were handed over to the beneficiaries.

Along with this, more than 2650 PMAY houses constructed by the Pune Municipal Corporation were also handed over to the beneficiaries.

In addition, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for about 1190 PMAY houses to be constructed by the PCMC and over 6400 houses to be constructed by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

It may be noted that these sections are from Phugewadi station to Civil Court station and from Garware College station to Ruby Hall Clinic station. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the project in 2016.

The new stretches will connect important places in Pune city like Shivaji Nagar, the Civil Court, the Pune Municipal Corporation Office, the Pune RTO, and the Pune Railway Station.

The inauguration is a significant step towards realising the Prime Minister’s vision of providing a modern and environment-friendly mass rapid urban transport system to citizens across the country.

Some metro stations on this route have been designed with inspiration from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Chhatrapati Sambhaji Udyan Metro Station and Deccan Gymkhana Metro Stations have a unique design that resembles the headgear worn by the soldiers of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, also known as “Mavla Pagadi”.

The Shivaji Nagar underground metro station has a distinctive design reminiscent of the forts built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Another unique feature is that the Civil Court Metro Station is one of the deepest metro stations in the country, with a depth of 33.1 metres. The roof of the station is designed in such a way that direct sunlight falls on the platform.

The waste-to-energy plant under the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has been developed at a cost of around Rs 300 crore. It will use around 2.5 million metric tonnes of waste annually to produce electricity.