12-km stretch of Pune metro to be completed by March 2020: Javadekar

New Delhi (NVI): The 12-km long stretch of first and second phases of the Pune Metro Rail Project will be completed by March 2020, Union Minister  Prakash Javadekar said today.

During the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) meeting,the Information and Broadcasting minister reviewed the progress of Pune Metro Rail Project, Mula Mutha River Rejuvenation Project and the implementation of Mid Day Meal Scheme in Pune district.

Speaking at press conference in Pune after the fifth DISHA meeting, Javadekar said DISHA is a commendable initiative of the central government, under which central sector schemes for improvement of infrastructure and human development are reviewed and a report card presented to the people.

The Minister informed that the foundation stone for Hinjawadi Line will also be laid by next month.

Citing the importance of waste disposal in all gram panchayats, Javadekar said that a decision has been taken to prepare a master plan for waste disposal in Pune district, which would benefit more than 300 localities.

While commenting about the progress of Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the district, he said that provision of supplementary foods to lactating mothers has resulted in the reduction of malnourished and under-nourished children by more than half, in a short span of three years.

Stating that this is a significant achievement, he added that all children receiving Mid-Day Meal Scheme have registered improvement in both height and weight.

“This is a sound investment for the future of the nation,” he added.

The Mula Mutha River Cleaning Project is going to be expedited and that meetings at both central and state levels have been planned,” he said.

He said the loan given by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Mula Mutha River Cleaning Project will be repaid neither by the Government of Maharashtra nor by the PMC but by the Government of India, and thatthe project is government of India’s gift to Pune.