Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on February 7, 2018, directed the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation and the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), to plan for the execution of the Swargate-Integrated Multi-Modal Transport Hub, to ease traffic jams and encourage public transport in Pune, a statement from the chief minister’s office said. A presentation of the project was made before Fadanvis, by the principal secretary of the Urban Development Department, Nitin Karir, at a meeting held in the state secretariat.
Vice-chairman of the transport corporation and MD Ranjit Singh Deol, CMD of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMPML) Tukarm Mundhe, Maha Metro MD Brijesh Dixit, Ramnath Subramanyam, additional municipal commissioner of Pune Shital Teli-Ugale and Shitesh Agrawal of Sankalp Design, were present on the occasion. The chief minister made certain suggestions regarding the transport hub plan and directed the Maharashtra Metro and MSRTC, to work in tandem to complete the project.
The proposed metro rail station, ST bus stand and PMPML bus station, are located close-by at Swargate. To overcome the traffic jams, because of this situation, the Integrated Multi-Modal Transport Hub is being planned here. In the first phase of this two-phased project, a metro station and PMPML bus station will be developed and an ST bus stand will be developed in the second phase. The transport hub will have facilities like bus terminal, underground subway, theatre, building for offices and commercial establishments and a rickshaw and taxi stand.