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Proposed MTRS in Pune

Some of the largest cities in the world have successfully implemented Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) to carry high passenger load and reduce the traffic congestion, especially during peak hours. In India too, cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore have already an extensive network of MRTS while in other major cities, it is already under construction or planning stage.

MRTS in Pune will consist of monorail, metro rail and bus rapid transit system. Though all of these projects are mostly in the initial planning stage, the implementation is expected to follow quickly. Let us have a detailed look at MRTS projects in Pune:

Metro Rail

A report on traffic forecast report prepared by IIT, Powai stated that a metro rail project in Pune will be a feasible solution to the city’s transportation problems to a great extent.

Thought the metro rail project has been on papers since 2008, it did not move forward due to bureaucratic delays made by PMC. The detailed project report (DPR) on Pune Metro was entrusted to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which had submitted its report in 2008 itself. But it was only last year in 2012 that PMC submitted its proposal on Pune metro rail project to the state government. This proposal has been given a green signal by Maharashtra government and the project is expected to be completed within next five years.

The formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called Pune Metro Rail Corporation (PMRC) has been approved by Maharashtra State to handle this mammoth project.  In the interim, PMC will be the nodal agency to handle the workings of the project.

The metros will run mostly on elevated tracks and partially underground to avoid traffic congestion on the roads. The first phase costing Rs 2,593 crores, will see the metro rail connecting Ramwadi and Wanaz. The second phase will cost Rs 5,391 crores and extend over a stretch of 44 kms. It will connect Shivaji Nagar-Hinjewadi-Deccan-Bundgarden-Swargate-Katraj-Pimpri and Chinchwad-Nigdi, which are the most frequented routes by the commuters in Pune.

The cost of Pune metro rail project will be jointly shared by Central Government (20%), State Government (20%), PMC (10%) and Private-Public Partnership Fund (50%).

The commuters will have to shell anywhere between Rs 7 to Rs 25, depending on the distance between the routes, for travelling in metro trains.

Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS)

Pune was the first Indian city to implement BRTS in the country in 2006. However, the pilot operation carried out from Katraj to Hadapsar (about 13 kms) did not meet the expected success due to poor planning and implementation. Consequently, the pilot study was withdrawn.

Now few years later, PMC and PMPML are making joint efforts to implement this project again in Pune on the lines of Ahmedabad BRTS, which has set a new standard in mass bus transit. Pune BRTS will be given face uplift in terms of brand image, smooth implementation and integration with PMPML buses.

Click here to see the map of potential BRTS corridors in Pune. If you are interested to read more about Pune BRTS plan, you may like to read System Specification Report prepared in February 2010.


Monorail is one of proposed mass transit projects of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to meet the ever increasing transportation needs of Punekars. Monorail is expected to run on two lines along 18 stations after its launch:

  1. A 30 km route on the Inner Ring Road.
  2. A 22 km route from Warje to Kharadi

This project has been under consideration for the last few years but nothing substantial has materialized yet. It still remains to be seen when and how the monorail project in Pune will commence.

PMC has received additional funds from the Indian Government through JNNURM scheme to meet the cost of mass rapid transport system in Pune. A Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) has been undertaken by PMC to address the transport needs of the citizens.

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