Green signal for Pune Ring road project

The state government has formally cleared the Pune Ring-road project to ease the traffic congestion on the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad roads.

This was disclosed by MSRDC’s outgoing vice chairman and managing director in Mumbai on Friday. Chief Minister formally cleared the project last week.

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Ltd (MSRDC) is the nodal agency for the project. The corporation is planning to develop it on PPP mode.

The proposed 170 kilometre long ring road shall come up on the outer limits of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC).

Once completed the highways like Pune-Nashik, Mumbai-Pune-Solapur, Pune-Ahmednagar and Pune-Satara shall be interconnected and heavy vehicles need not enter the city to proceed from one highway to the other one. They can pass through the ring road.

MSRDC officials added that consequently the traffic pressure on the Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad roads shall decrease considerably.

It was the then chief minister who had decided on the ring road project for Pune.Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Pune Municipal Corporation are responsible to make necessary provision for this plan.

MSRDC officials said that the project will be completed in four phases. While phase I and II of the project relatively accessible, part III and IV pass through defence areas, various dams, rivers and forest areas. It will be a six-lane road with two service lanes. The road would connect fringes of Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, and connect Kesnand, Lonikand, Tulapur, Murkal, Alandi, Dehu, Kiwale, Wakad, Baner, Pashan, Chandni chowk, Katraj, Undri Pisoli, Holkarwadi, Wadki etc.

Source: sakaaltimes, Feb’14

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