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Dec 03 2016 (09:51)  Commuter groups seek longer metro rail route (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Citizens and commuter groups in Pimpri Chinchwad have started a signature campaign to extend the Swargate-Pimpri metro rail route from Pimpri to Nigdi. They have decided to create public awareness considering over 10 lakh people from Akurdi, Chinchwad and nearby areas will benefit from the project.
In October, the Public Investment Board of the Union finance ministry cleared the city's metro rail project, paving the way for a cabinet approval. The proposed route length is 31.51km. While the first 16.59km route is from Pimpri to Swargate, the second is from Vanaz to Ramwadi (14.92km). The revised estimate for the project announced by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is Rs11,522 crore, an increase of Rs653 crore as compared to the estimate
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made in 2014.The Chinchwad Pravasi Sangh and various other citizens' groups have taken a lead in starting the signature campaign from Sunday at Hutatma Chapekar chowk in Chinchwadgaon. "We will approach only housing societies, social groups, and professionals of Chinchwad, Akurdi, Nigdi, and school, college students," Gulamali Bhaldar, convener of the Chinchwad Pravasi Sangh, said. A detailed project report should be prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), he added.
A memorandum of demands has already been sent to the prime minister's office, union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari, and DMRC. Representatives of the Sangh also submitted the memorandum to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Bhosari on Monday.
In December 2012, the PCMC general body meeting had approved a proposal to extend the metro rail from Pimpri to Nigdi. In its annual budget in 2013-14, the state government had 'in principle' approved the project. It had even proposed that the project be extended from Swargate to Nigdi.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Citizens Forum (PCCF) has already demanded that the metro route be extended from Pimpri to Nigdi. Office bearers of the forum said Nigdi is strategically located and it is at the centre of major roads crossing Pimpri Chinchwad city. Nigdi is close to the expressway, the Mumbai-Pune highway, and the Pune-Nashik highway. Bhosari MLA Mahesh Lande has also urged chief minister Fadnavis to extend the Swargate-Pimpri metro rail route to Nigdi.
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