Maharashtra’s Pune-Nashik Semi-Rapid Rail Corridor Gets Approval From Niti Aayog
New Delhi, India (Urban Transport News): Minister of State for Railways Raosaheb Danve informed on April 29, 2022 that the 235km Pune-Nashik Semi-High Speed Train project has been approved by NITI Aayog, reported The rail metro today.
He said the project has already received approval from the Maharashtra government and the board of railways. Land acquisition and other processes have also been initiated by the government. Now, it will require final approval from the central government cabinet.
Due to the non-availability of direct trains from Pune to Nashik, one has to come to Mumbai and take a train to reach Pune or Nashik. As a result, the travel time by train to reach Nashik from Pune and vice versa is over six hours.
The Pune-Nashik Semi-Rapid Double Line Corridor will be implemented by the Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (Maha Rail) – a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) formed under the joint venture between the Government of Maharashtra and the Ministry of Railways. This project will require 1,470 hectares of land in 102 villages in Maharashtra. A joint survey for land acquisition and alignment in the villages is being completed and a total of 15 hectares of land acquisition has been completed in five villages so far.
According to the detailed project report, the semi-rapid train will run on the elevated road to Hadapsar from Pune Railway Station. After that it will go from Hadapsar to Nashik station. The train will stop at Chakan, Manchar, Narayangaon, Alephata, Sangamner, Sinnar and Nashik. The train will run at a speed of 200 km/h on this route. It can reach a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The total cost of the Pune-Nashik semi-rapid train project is Rs. 16,039 crores.
“The inclusion of the railway budget in the central budget has been beneficial. Between 2009 and 2014, Maharashtra was given Rs 1,100 crore. But this year, Rs 11,000 crore was given to Maharashtra,” Danve said.