Ministry of Railways approves Pune-Nashik semi-high-speed rail line project
The semi-high-speed double line will provide direct connectivity between Pune and Nashik
The Ministry of Railways has granted approval for the Pune-Nashik semi-high-speed rail line project in Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation (MRIDC) has received approval from the Ministry of Railways for implementing the greenfield semi-high-speed broad gauge double line between the two cities, located around 200 km apart. MRIDC (also known as MahaRail) will be implementing the project.
The semi-high-speed double line will provide direct connectivity between Pune and Nashik and the journey between the two cities will be completed in less than two hours. MRIDC has planned and designed to run the Pune-Nashik broad gauge rail line with commercial speed of 200 km per hr with future increment up to 250 km per hr. The project will not only attract goods trains but also high-speed passenger trains.
Once completed the travel time from Pune to Nashik will be completed in one hour and 45 minutes. MahaRail has also planned to develop private freight terminal (PFT), dry port, multimodal and commercial hub, warehouses and sidings at locations suggested by local industries.
As the Pune-Nashik belt has a large number of industries, the project will open a new source of revenue for them by fast-track movements of cargo as important MIDC areas such as Chakan, Sinnar and Satpur will be directly connected by the rail line.
The railway line will pass through three districts of Maharashtra -- Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik -- providing seamless connectivity to industrial zones of Pune and Nashik such as Alandi, Chakan, Khed, Manchar, Narayangaon, Sinnar and Satpur.
The entire cost of the project has been pegged at Rs 16,039 crore. MRIDC will invite equity partners to participate in the project.
Once necessary approvals are granted by the government of Maharashtra, the project is estimated to be completed in 1,200 days from the date of financial closure.