Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): The Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (MahaRail) has prepared and submitted a revised detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed Pune-Nashik Semi high-speed Rail Corridor to Indian Railways and the Government of Maharashtra.
The DPR is revised due to objections raised by the defence department. The department sought changes in the original plan i.e. alignment in the Khed tehsil.
"The land acquisition in Khed tehsil for the proposed semi high-speed rail project was put on hold after the defence department asked the district administration to revise the railway track alignment in the original detailed project report (DPR), reasoning that it passed through an explosive destruction facility of the army," HT reported.
“There was an issue regarding railway track alignment. So now, a newly revised alignment has been submitted by the MRIDC and after going through it, we will recommend the further process,” said Vineet Nair, defence estates officer of the Pune circle.
In the original DPR, the railway line was passing through the army’s explosive destruction facility. The defence department was first approached on March 7, 2022, for permission to construct on land under it through the office of the defence estates officer (DEO).
Upon receipt of the requirement of land from MahaRail, the first joint survey was conducted as early as March 11, 2022. A joint meeting with MahaRail officials was held on March 16, 2022, in which it was conveyed to the officials that the demolition activities carried out on the army facility posed danger to the proposed railway alignment.
MahaRail officials then understood the need for changing the proposed railway alignment. They submitted a fresh proposal with the revised railway track alignment on April 19, 2022, after the second joint inspection was held on April 18, 2022. The proposal is now under process based on the revised alignment.
The Pune-Nashik Semi High-Speed Rail Corridor will cover a distance of 235 kilometres.