The High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) encircles a large part of the cities of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Pune is a city located in Western part of India, in the state of Maharashtra and is around 160 km east of Mumbai. Pune formerly known as Poona, based on Census 2011 is the 9th most populous city and in Urban Agglomeration eighth largest city in India (source: Mumbai Dt., 31st October 2011, Press Information Bureau, Government of India) and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai, is situated 560 meters (1,837 feet) above sea level on the Deccan Plateau. As the city expanded unevenly, a large number of roads were built around the central portion of the city, including the major highways which link the city to other parts of the country.
As one of the largest cities in India, and as a result of its many colleges and universities, Pune is emerging as a prominent location for IT and manufacturing companies to expand to. The automotive sector is particularly prominent in Pune and all sectors of the automotive industry are represented in the city.
Objective of this project is to de-congest roads in the city as heavy vehicles can travel via the ring road to bypass Pune instead of entering the city.
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) appointed M/s STUP Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore so to carry out “Feasibility Study for Elevated / At-Grade Corridor for High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR) Alignment in Pune City”.
Brief history of Project Corridor
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) had made out a detailed study of the transportation requirements of Pune Metropolitan Area in 1978-1982. Based on this study, they have identified a High Capacity Mass Transit Route corridor (HCMTR). The High Capacity Mass Transit Route will pass through Bopodi, Aundh, Shivajinagar, Erandwane, Kothrud, Karve Nagar, Dattawadi, Parvati, Bibvewadi, Wanawadi, Salisbury Park, Hadapsar, Mundhwa, Kalyani Nagar, Yerawada and Kalas areas.
The HCMTR Corridor shall help de-congest roads in the city as heavy vehicles can travel via the ring road to bypass Pune instead of entering the city.
Need for HCMTR :
- Pune is currently having only major roads/highways radially passing through the city, connected by the city roads.
- The ever increasing vehicular population and urbanization due to rapid developments in IT sector has resulted in huge growth in vehicular traffic.
- Average journey speed is around 21 Kmph. The reduced journey speed along the city roads is resulting in the increased travel time for users.
- The existing ROW along the major roads in Pune city are very narrow and surrounded with huge built-up/commercial/ forest/cantonment areas, with limited scope for widening the existing roads.
Objectives and Project Benefits | HCMTR :
- Improve the Public Transportation System;
- Improve Safety and Level of Service for Private Traffic, both Local and Through Traffic by increasing the mobility
- To meet the future travel demand and to Reduce the traffic congestion on existing roads
- Facilitate Continuous and Uninterrupted Traffic Movements for Through Traffic
- Savings in Travel Time and Reduction in Vehicle Operating Costs
- Reduce Negative Impact on Environment and Social Issues
- Reduction in Pollution Levels
Proposed HCMTR Structure :
- 35.96 Km elevated six lane corridor passing over 34 junctions
- 2 dedicated lanes for BRTS with 26 stations
- 4 lanes for private vehicles (4 wheelers) with 17 up-ramps and 16 down ramps
Typical Cross Section of Elevated Corridor :