Rs 2,600 cr funds to solve traffic problem in Pune: CM

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Mumbai, Aug 25 (UNI) An Urban Transport Fund of Rs 2,600 crore has been created to solve the traffic problem of Pune, Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said here today.

Deshmukh was speaking in a meeting held under his Chairmanship regarding basic facilities in Pune.

Chief Minister further said that efforts should be made to solve the traffic problem in Pune, as per a plan prepared by Municipal Corporation, considering increasing population of the city and facilities available.

Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar also guided this meeting and said that as the International Airport near Chakan is coming under Rajguru Nagar sector hence the Airport should be named as Rajguru Airport.

Pune as well as Pimpri-Chinchwad and surrounding areas are overall fast developing including industrially. Due to industries, basic facilities like roads, water, electricity should be planned on priority basis and before that study of all these should be done. It should be noticed that even in Chakan area industrial sector is growing fast and development schemes should be planned, he said.

Guardian Minister of Pune and Minister for Water Resources, Ajit Pawar informed the meeting about various developmental works undertaken and hindrances coming in way.

In Pune, first phase of Metro Rail Project of 30 km, costing about Rs 4,600 crore, is to be implemented. A presentation of detailed information about it was made. In order to make available funds for the project, an Urban Traffic Fund will be created and for this there is need of having public and private built up institution. It was suggested in the meeting that works to be undertaken under JNNURM should be completed in time and of good standard.

The Chief Minister further informed that a state-of-the-art International Exhibition Centre will be constructed at Moshi.

He also said that administrative approval should be taken before setting up the basic facilities for Ring Road to be constructed outside Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad city. Land for Ring Road will be acquired and plan of Rs 2,300 crore should be prepared for it, he said.

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