Suresh Kalmadi Metro project for Pune

Shri. Suresh Kalmadi, MP put forward the concept of Metro project for Pune in 2001 so as to make it a global city while taking it forward on the path of development and followed it up continuously with Center and State governments and finally it was approved.

Suresh Kalmadi, MP, discussing the issue in the meeting held in New Delhi with Union Minister for Urban Development Mr. Kamal Nath and Union Minister for Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar

Shri. Suresh Kalmadi, MP put forward the concept of Metro project for Pune in 2001 so as to make it a global city while taking it forward on the path of development and followed it up continuously with Center and State governments. It would have largely solved Pune’s problem of public transport and also it would have also provided impulsion to the development of the city. Mr. Kalmadi was stressing on the Metro project at every forum during last 13 years and was following it up at every level. Even when Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh came to Pune in February 2008, Kalmadi made a strong case to give the special package for Pune’s Metro project. He also followed this matter with the Maharashtra government. Finally on June 28, 2012, the Maharashtra government submitted the detailed project report for the Metro rail to the Center. And this dream project of Suresh Kalmadi, MP, the ambitious project was approved in principle in his presence in a long meeting held in New Delhi with Union Minister for Urban Development Mr. Kamal Nath and Union Minister for Agriculture Mr. Sharad Pawar in January 2013. This was a great victory for the efforts held made over 13 years. This was actually a ‘Turning Point’ for the Pune’s development. Even Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Mr. Prithviraj Chavan publicly praised and congratulated Suresh Kalmadi, MP for following up relentlessly the Metro project for Pune.
The first phase of Metro rail was approved in principle which consists of two Metro rail routes, from Ramwadi to Vanaz and from Swargate to Pimpri Chinchwad. The Pune Metro was given a kickstart by providing Rs 9.99 Crores in the Union Budget in March 2013; immediately thereafter, Suresh Kalmadi, MP put the demand to accord the approval as soon as possible and give Center’s fund of Rs 518 Crores. He is still following it. He is trying to extend the Metro Rail from Chinchwad to Nigdi and Swargate to Katraj in the next phase and also connect the airport through the Metro. Thus the dream which Suresh Kalmadi, MP envisioned for Pune’s development is nearing to its realization

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