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The Pune Ring Road was conceptualised in 2007, to boost connectivity in the city and its suburban areas. However, lack of funding had put the project on the back-burner. In a recent development, the Maharashtra government has given its approval for Rs 26,831 crores for the 173-km-long Ring Road project, including construction and land acquisition costs. The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has begun a joint measurement survey (JMS) for the eastern part of the Ring Road. The land measurement of the western part of the Ring Road is nearing completion. The valuation of the compensation process has started for the western part and the MSRDC aims to complete land measurement for the eastern part in the next two months and begin the valuation process.
The state’s urban development minister has said that the proposed Ring Road would help in the reduction of pollution by about 25% and boost socio-economic development in the region. He also said that the project would improve road connectivity in Pune. He highlighted that the vehicles travelling to areas like Saswad, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Konkan and Mumbai pass through the city, thus, causing traffic congestion and air and noise pollution. The Ring Road would significantly reduce the travel time and distance. It would involve the acquisition of around 1554.64 hectares of land, he said.
Construction and budget of Pune Ring Road
The Maharashtra government has given an approval for Rs 26,831 crores, for the Ring Road in Pune. The state PWD (Public Works Department) has issued a resolution for the approval of all the four packages involved in the long-awaited construction of the Outer Ring Road.
The first package of the mega-project will comprise of construction of a 29.8-km stretch from Solu to Soratwardi on the Pune-Solapur Road. This package will cost Rs 3,523 crores.
The second package will comprise of construction of a 36.73-km road from Soratwadi to Valve. The cost of the second package will be around Rs 4,495 crores.
The third part of the Pune Ring Road project will consist of the construction of 38.34 kms from Urse to Solu on Aland-Markal Road. The fourth package will comprise of construction of 68.8 kms of road.
The construction of Pune Ring Road will result in a reduction in the overall traffic and will facilitate commute within the city.
Pune Ring Road route and connectivity
The circular, 173-km route of the road, is not only expected to improve the poor commuting conditions across the city but also open investment avenues in 29 real estate markets that lie along the approved alignment of the Ring Road. Once the road is operational, these micro-markets are likely to come up as housing hubs, with easy connectivity across the city. This could also cool down property prices in the main hubs such as Kalyani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Viman Nagar, Magarpatta, etc. Apart from this, the Ring Road will connect six major highways passing through the city:
- Pune-Bengaluru Highway (NH-48)
- Pune-Nashik Highway (NH-60)
- Pune-Mumbai Highway (NH-48)
- Pune-Solapur Highway (NH-65)
- Pune-Ahmednagar Highway (NH-753F)
- Pune-Saswad-Palkhi Marg (NH-965)
Pune Ring Road development phases
According to the officials from the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the Ring Road will feature 14 multi-level interchanges and eight major bridges, for easy traffic management. It will also have 18 viaducts, 17 tunnels and four roadways over bridges.
The Pune Ring Road is planned to be delivered in four phases, for which the total projected cost is Rs 26,000 crores. Out of this, three-fourths will be provided by the central government under the Bharatmala Pariyojana, a centrally-sponsored and funded road and highways project of the government of India. The remaining amount will be raised through town planning schemes and other means. These town planning schemes will be implemented from Wagholi to Vadichiwadi and from Vadichiwadi to Katraj.
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Around 24% of land has already been acquired for the first phase of the Ring Road, for which the total cost is Rs 518 crores. Rs 300 crores has already been allotted by the PMRDA. The total land required for the project, which will have six bridges, eight flyovers, three road over-bridges and a 3.75-km tunnel road, is approximately 1,430 hectares.
|Phase 1||Pune-Satara Road to Pune-Nashik Road||46 kms|
|Phase 2||Pune-Alanadi Road to Hinjewadi Road||48 kms|
|Phase 3||Hinjewadi Road to Pune-Shivane Road||21 kms|
|Phase 4||Pune-Shivane Road to Pune-Satara Road||11 kms|
The MSRDC has completed the land measurement of over 51% of the total area to be acquired for the western side of the Pune Ring Road.
Impact of the Pune Ring Road on real estate prices
The Pune Ring Road will pass through some of the fastest-growing suburban areas of the city. These include Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pirangut, Sivapur, Lonikand and others. Out of these, Pimpri and Pirangut already have some of the biggest township projects, attracting affordable home buyers and investors alike. While the infrastructure and amenities are not up to the mark yet, the situation is expected to improve, once the population moves in. With such a bankable project on hold, Pune’s real estate market can only hope for better days ahead.
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Impact of the Pune Ring Road on pollution
Owing to rapid urbanisation and the subsequent growth of the industrial sector, Pune has often faced severe pollution. This is because of the emissions from vehicles and industries. The construction of the Pune Ring Road is expected to reduce pollution in certain areas of the city, as it would reduce the concentration of vehicles there. With the construction of several underpasses and bridges, the Pune Ring Road will be able to reduce the overall air and noise pollution in the city.