Land acquisition for Pune-Nashik high-speed rail will start soon when MRIDCL submits revised rail route
PUNE (Metro Rail News): Land acquisition at Khed tehsil which was put on hold is expected to resume as the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MRIDCL) has now submitted a revised railway alignment plan for the Pune-Nashik high-speed rail project. The decision was made after the Department of Defense requested some changes to the Detailed Project Report (DPR) as it previously passed through an Army explosives disposal facility.
MRIDCL conducted the first joint investigation on March 11, 2022, after which a joint meeting with MRIDCL officials was held on March 16, 2022. During this meeting, MRIDCL officials understood the need to modify the alignment because the demolition activities carried out on the military installation posed a hazard to the proposed route of the railway. A new proposal was then submitted with the revised route of the railway on April 19, 2022 after the second joint inspection was held on April 18, 2022.
The 235 km Pune-Nashik railway line will pass through the districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik. The train can travel at a speed of 200 km/h so the distance between Pune and Nashik will be reduced to one hour and 45 minutes. The semi-high speed train will link industrial areas of Pune and Nashik such as Hadapsar, Wagholi, Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar, Narayangaon, Sinnar and Satpur.
According to the officials, the government offers five times the pre-calculated values for land acquisition from owners, while 2.5 times the assessment amount will be paid for construction as well as other constructions. Of the 54 villages in Pune district, the measurement works of 40 villages have been completed. The district administration has also started the process of purchasing the land.
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