While they were happy that the frequency of local trains has been increased, the Pravasi Sangh members demanded that some express trains should halt either at Pimpri or Chinchwad.
During his annual inspection on the Pune-Lonavla section, the general manager inspected railway stations at Talegaon, Dehu Road and Chinchwad. He also met passengers to get their feedback.
Barne said the railways should develop a sub terminus at Chinchwad because Pimpri Chinchwad is a fast growing urban area. He also demanded better passenger amenities at all stations on the Pune-Lonavla route.
Over 60,000 people travel by local trains between Pune and Lonavla every day and the number is growing. But unlike Mumbai, where a local train is avai lable every four minutes, the average daily frequency of suburban trains here is one in an hour. General manager S K Sood told them that the Pune-Lonavla section would get three to four rakes (EMU local trains) by March. About 18 new rakes may come to Central Railways by March of which three or four rakes will be for Pune, he said.
Acting president of the Chinchwad Pravasi Sangh Gulamali Bhaldar said he is happy with the decision.
“We told Mr Sood that in 1996 the then minister of state for railways Suresh Kalmadi had announced a new line survey between Chinchwad and Roha. The proposed 90-km line would go via Hinjewadi, Paud, Mulshi, Hetwan and Kolad to Roha,“ he said.
Bhaldar said that the chief engineer of the Central Railways had sent a letter to the Chinchwad Pravasi Sangh stating that the survey has been completed.
However, the proposal is now in cold storage.Bhaldar, in a memorandum addressed to the general manager, asked for revival of the Chinchwad-Roha new line project.
Source : TOI