Shirdi, which could result in a surge in ridership as a result. This announcement was made during his participation in the inauguration of the refurbished Mela Bus terminus of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in Nashik. Originally, the Nashik-Pune semi-high-speed rail project intended to traverse Nashik-Sangamner-Pune, spanning a distance of 235 km, with an estimated cost of Rs 16,000 crore.
The Nashik-Pune semi-high-speed rail project is being implemented by Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited, a joint venture between the Government of Maharashtra and the Ministry of Railways.
The alteration in the route to include Shirdi adds an additional 30 km to the Nashik-Pune route. Fadnavis explained that discussions with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw revealed that the initial route would escalate project costs substantially due to extensive tunneling requirements, a challenge alleviated by the new route.
Fadnavis clarified that the revised project proposal of including Shirdi awaits final approval from the Union Cabinet. He assured that once approval is granted, project specifics would promptly follow. Despite the increased distance, Fadnavis said that travel time would remain unaffected.
The Nashik-Pune semi-high-speed rail project gains significance against the backdrop of rapid economic growth experienced by Pune and Nashik in recent years. Often dubbed as the «golden triangle» of Maharashtra, comprising Mumbai,Read more on economictimes.indiatimes.com