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Three Pune metro lines to be operational by 2022: Prakash Javadekar

PUNE: Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said all the three Metro lines in Pune would be operational by 2022. Of the three Metro lines, two are being developed by the MahaMetro, while the third one by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA). The entire network of Metro lines should be completed by 2022, the 75th year of India’s independence, the Union minister for environment, forest and climate change said after a review meeting under District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA).

He said the 12km stretch of Pune Metro’s first phase, from Phugewadi to Sant Tukaramnagar and Anandnagar to Garware College would be completed by next month. “The financial closure and land transfer of the third Metro line — Hinjewadi to Shivajinagar — would be completed by next month. The detailed project report for the remaining proposed Metro lines too would be undertaken by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC),” the minister said. Besides the Metro project, the minister also reviewed the Mula-Mutha river rejuvenation project and the mid-day meal scheme in the meeting. “The delayed Mula-Mutha rejuvenation project to be executed with the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency will be taken forward after conducting separate meetings with the state government and the Centre,” Javadekar said. Last year, the civic body had expressed its inability to share the extra financial burden with the project cost going up to Rs 1,000 crore. Reacting to it, the minister reiterated that the loan given by JICA for the project would be repaid by the Union government and not by the state government. Citing the importance of waste disposal in all gram panchayats, the minister said a decision had been taken to release a GR to ensure that a locality of more than 3,000 people have their own mechanism of treating garbage in the Pune district. Speaking about the progress of Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the district, Javadekar said provision of supplementary food to lactating mothers had resulted in the reduction of malnourished and under-nourished children by more than half in a span of three years. Stating that this was a significant achievement, he said all children receiving mid-day meal had registered improvement in both height and weight.

February 15, 2020

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