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Why we must Oppose the Sky Bus / Metro Projects in Pune

 

The PMC spent 30 lacs on a feasibility study of the Sky Metro in Pune. One needs to ask why this study was commissioned without keeping the following in mind –

 

1.        The cost of building the Sky Bus Metro is Rs. 50 Crores per kilometer.

2.         Pune population travels in all directions. Unlike Mumbai, Pune does not have well established corridors such as the Western or Central railways. This is clear from the following table –

 

Destinations

Distance

Estimated Cost of Construction

Agriculture College to Chinchwad

15 kms.

Rs. 681 Crores

Sambhaji Bridge to Warje

9.4 kms.

Rs. 423 Crores

Sambhaji Bridge to Hadapsar

11.7 kms.

Rs. 535.6 Crores

Wakdewadi to Lonikand

24 kms.

Rs. 1085.5 Crores

Chaphekar Memorial, Chinchwad to Agriculture College

17.2 kms

Rs. 775.3 Crores

Pataleshwar Temple to Katraj

10.1 kms

Rs. 459.9 Crores

 

Total cost = 3960.3 Crores.

 

This is astonishing given that Pune Municipal Corporations Budget for 2004-05 was 951 Crores.

 

In contrast Pune Traffic and Transportation Forum have suggested that PMT should be buying about 1000 buses over the next 2-3 years. PMT also needs additional depots. Right now buses are parked on the streets and lead to thefts of parts. Also buses cannot be washed or maintained under current inadequate circumstances. PMT have land for 6 depots but need to acquire land for an additional 6 depots. The proposal will cost only 270 Crores as described below –

 

20 lacs/bus (new low floor) = 200 Crores for1000 buses.

 

4 Crores/depot = 50 Crores for depots.

 

20 Crores = upgrades and a much needed training centre.

 

The above facts demonstrate why grandiose projects like the Sky Metro (an elevated rail network) proposed for Pune will be an absolute waste of tax-payers money.

 

For 10th of the cost of proposed sky bus we could get a modern state of the art bus based public transport system.

 

We should be asking the PMC why on earth they are considering the sky-bus.

 

 

Dr Joglekar