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Introduction Edit

With the Pune Metropolitan Region touching the 50 lakh
"lakh" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 50.
mark, the Pune Municipal Corporation has been proposing a Metro system for catering to the growing traffic.

Basis for MetroEdit

Report by DMRC Edit

Several studies have been commissioned by the Pune Municipal Corporation in order to ascertain whether the Metro system is justified. The current proposal is based on the DMRC report (see references below).

Traffic Forecast for the Proposed Metro Rail Project in Pune Metropolitan AreaEdit

In preparing this report DMRC in turn had appointed Transportation Systems Engineering Group of IIT Bombay to perform the traffic study for estimating ridership on the potential Metro corridors (see reference below).

Criticism Edit

While Metro is a Public Transport system and hence preferable to private motorized vehicles the main argument against it is its high cost of construction and operation which leads to many other considerations.

Absence of DataEdit

Annual average daily traffic, abbreviated AADT, is a measure used primarily in transportation planning and transport engineering. It is the total volume of vehicle traffic of a highway or road for a year divided by 365 days. AADT is a useful and simple measurement of how busy the road is. It is also sometimes reported as "average annual daily traffic".

In the USA the most important use of the AADT is for determining the amount of federal funding a state will receive. Each year on June 15, every state in the United States submits a Highway Performance Monitoring System HPMS report. The HPMS report contains various information regarding the road segments in the state and only contains a sample size (not all of the road segments) of the road segments. In the report, the AADT is converted to Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). VMT is the AADT multiplied by the length of the road segment. To determine the amount of traffic a state has, the AADT cannot be summed for all road segments since an AADT is a rate. The VMT is summed and is used as an indicator of the amount of traffic a state has. For federal-funding, formulas are applied to include the VMT and other highway statistics.

To measure AADT on individual road segments, traffic data is collected either by an automated traffic counter or hiring an observer to record traffic. There are two different techniques of measuring the AADTs for road segments. One technique is called continuous count data collection method. This is where sensors are permanently embedded into a road and traffic data is measured all 365 days. The AADT would be the sum of the total traffic for the entire year divided by 365 days. There is a problem with calculating the AADT with this method. The continuous count equipment is not operating for the full 365 days due to being shut down for maintenance or repair. A better calculation method is to average the daily traffic for each of the 12 months - MADT Monthly Average Daily Traffic - and take the average of the MADTs. This method is outlined in the [FHWA Traffic Monitoring Guide][1]. The continuous count method is costly. There are monthly maintenance fees involved and it is expensive to install and purchase the sensors. It can cost money to power the sensors if it is connected to the local power grid. It can cost money to maintain the communication connection whether it is a phone line or an IP address.

The alternative or second technique is called the short count data collection method also known as the coverage count data collection method. The AADT can be estimated with portable sensors that are attached to the road and record traffic data typically for 2 – 14 days. These are typically pneumatic road tubes although other more expensive technology such as radar, laser, or sonar exist. After recording the traffic data, the traffic counts on the same road segment are taken again in another three years. FHWA Traffic Monitoring Guide [2] recommends to perform a short count on a road segment at a minimum of every three years. After collecting the data with a portable traffic counter, the data is converted into an ADT - Average Daily Traffic. This would represent the average day of traffic for the month the data was recorded. Seeing traffic varies throughout the year, with it generally being low in the winter months and high during the summer months, the AADT is estimated by removing this seasonal bias by multiplying the ADT by the Monthly Seasonal Adjustment Factor. Short counts are taken either by state agencies, local government, or contractors. For the years when a traffic count is not recording, the AADT is estimated by applying a factor called the Growth Factor. Growth Factors are statistically determined from historical data of the road segment. If there is no historical data, Growth Factors from similar road segments are used.

There is no AADT available for Pune.

Absence of Public ParticipationEdit

Another key criticism has been the absence of any public debate on the project. Citizens have demanded that information regarding the project should be disseminated and inputs, opinions and suggestions invited from both civic groups and independent experts.

Citizen Views on Peoples Participation01:22

Citizen Views on Peoples Participation

The Baner Citizens' Forum voices their frustration about an Administration that refuses to solicit inputs from the public

Letter written to the Mayor asking for clarification on many issues as well as demanding public debate on the Metro project - File:4 FSI with Covering Letter - Marathi and English.pdf

Cost Edit

Delhi Metro which has completed 65 km of its Phase I was built at a cost of Rs 10571 crores or 160 crores per km. Underground Metro is likely to cost 220 crores per km.

Effectiveness to De-congest PuneEdit

High costs will limit the Metro network which will thus not meet the needs of most commuters in the city and who will continue to use private vehicles or the existing bus system

Alternate Modes Edit

Many argue that for a substantially lower cost one can

  • get a highly efficient and top class basic city bus service which will more than adequately meet the needs of the city
  • bus enhancement techniques - ranging from bus priority lanes all the way to Bus Rapid Transit can boost carrying capacity, efficiency and reliability of bus based public transport

Jaime Lerner, the erstwhile Mayor of Curitiba, Brazil is considered the pioneer of modern Bus Rapid Transit. He pursued the idea of BRT as an alternative to Metro, which was very expensive. See a film at Streetfilms that covers this topic.

Jaime Lerner Sing a song of sustainable cities15:43

Jaime Lerner Sing a song of sustainable cities

Achieve metro efficiency with busses

BRT can be a better optionEdit

A simple comparison of BRT and Metro

Environmental ConcernsEdit

Chapter 10 of the report says that "about 685 mature trees are likely to be lost". Each tree is valued at Rs 1200 thus estimating the total loss in Rupee terms at 8.22 lakhs. Puneites, already suffering from rapid destruction of green cover are likely to see this loss as being much more in value.

In Bangalore thousands of trees have been put to the axe as this IBN Live news clip shows.

Bangalore Activists fight damage done for Metro IBNLive com Videos01:33

Bangalore Activists fight damage done for Metro IBNLive com Videos

Trees lost to Metro in Bangalore! What will the fate in Pune be?

Financing Edit

Pune, which has an annual budget of Rs 2000 crores (without the JNNURM grants) will be taking on a large project for which it will have to raise revenue. Loans will lead to increased taxation for Puneites in the future.

In any case with the city still unable to provide basic infrastructure such as water, sewage treatment, primary education and health care and processing of solid waste, the financial burden of Metro will have to be rationalized.

The PMC is currently proposing the sale of extra FSI to raise the money for Metro. See proposal below.

4 FSI Proposal for FinancingEdit

The PMC proposes to make:

  • 4 FSI allowed within 500m of Metro corridor and 200m of BRT corridor
  • FSI over and above what is currently allowed (which depends of whether congested area or not and other additions allowed) will be paid FSI
  • Rate as per 50% of Ready Reckoner value
  • 20% of funds raised will be used for upgrading infrastructure
  • Remaining to be used for financing Metro

This is only likely to congest the city more. What is the logic of increasing people to make the solution to decongest viable?

What the Civic Groups SayEdit

Several civic groups and individuals have raised an alarm over this proposal.

FSIEdit

Dr. Uday Kulkarni says that the proposal does not give the rationale nor the effect such an FSI will have on Pune. The DPR says (see Chapter 12) that of the total project cost of Rs 9500 crore rupees, 94% will be raised by government equity, soft long term loan from Japan International Co op Agency , some Govt subordinate debt (again at a low rate of interest. The balance 6% (about 600 crore) is to be raised by property development at Metro stations. The paid FSI therefore has no real connection to the project cost.

Congesting PuneEdit

Further, the additional paid FSI along Metro corridors alone is expected to generate an amount of Rs 19807 crore over a 20 year period (according to the DPR). The amount that will be generated along 120 km of BRT is likely to be similar if not higher. This huge amount is not required for setting up or running the Metro. The amount of new built up area generated from the entire proposal could be nearly 800 million square feet. This can add a population of about 2.5 million along the corridors in areas that are already densely populated.

Costs to the CityEdit

The DPR has shown how the Metro can make a profit from the very first year if some of the paid FSI funds are shown as revenue for the Metro. In this manner a profit of Rs 1400 crore in the first four years after 2014 has been taken IF an amount of Rs 2000 crore is used from the paid FSI as the Metro's income. The cost estimates are considered grossly underestimated. The ridership and traffic forecasts are arbitrary.

RouteEdit

The DMRC report has no rational of why the route has been chosen. It fails to explain the linkage of this route to the integrated traffic plan for the city. There is no unified Pune Transportation Plan. The selection of the corridors (especially the one running parallel to the railway track)is unexplained.

Underground or overgroundEdit

The metro overground competes with BRTS and PMPML bus routes- this is against all traffic planning principles.

TechnologyEdit

The DMRC Report has been studied in great detail by Mr. Rane of the Indian Railways and several questions have been raised regarding

  1. The justification for Standard Gauge instead of Broad Gauge which is deemed to be much cheaper and also based on indigenous technology
  2. The fact that the two corridors which seem to intersect at ASI actually are not physically connected with one line being elevated and the other underground!
  3. Various other technical issues

Refer to the report by V.K.J Rane, IRSE (Retd.) in the references below.


Political Parties SpeakEdit

The 4 FSI ProposalEdit

PUNE: The Congress party members in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) opposed the 4 Floor Space Index (FSI) proposal along the Metro rail route on the grounds that the added population density will burden the infrastructure.

Congress party leader in the PMC Aba Bagul told reporters on Thursday that they are not against the Metro project, but are of the view that funds can be raised from other sources and additional FSI is not necessary.

Events to create Public ParticipationEdit

  • Thu, 13th May 2010 Public Debate at Nivara

PetitionsEdit


Media ReportsEdit

The local media has reported on the opposition by local civic groups.

ReferencesEdit

  1. DMRC Report on Metro for Pune
    1. File:Ch00-Table of Contents.pdf
    2. File:Ch01-Introduction.pdf
    3. File:Ch02-Traffic Demand Analysis.pdf
    4. File:Ch03-Need For Metro.pdf
    5. File:Ch04-System Selection.pdf
    6. File:Ch05-Civil Engineering.pdf
    7. File:Ch06-Train Operation Plan.pdf
    8. File:Ch07-Power Supply Arrangement.pdf
    9. File:Ch08-Ventilation and AC.pdf
    10. File:Ch09-Maintenance Depot.pdf
    11. File:Ch10-Environment Impact Assessment.pdf
    12. File:Ch11-Cost Estimates.pdf
    13. File:Ch12-Financing Options.pdf
    14. File:Ch13-Economic Analysis.pdf
    15. File:Ch14-Implementation Plan.pdf
    16. File:Ch15-Conclusions.pdf
  2. File:IIT-B Pune Metro Data Report-Final.pdf
  3. File:Critique of DMRC Report for Pune Metro - by V.K.J Rane.pdf
  4. Metro in a nutshell by Prashant Inamdar
  5. Metro in detail Prashant Inamdar
  6. 4 FSI Proposal

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