India, Aug. 13 -- Two China-based companies have bid for the construction of the proposed High Capacity Mass Transit Route (HCMTR), based on documents made available to HT by sources within the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).

Speaking to HT on the condition of anonymity, the PMC sources said that a no- objection certificate from the department of defence will be needed.

A total five companies have bid for construction of HCMTR, two of which are from China.

"Some part of the HCMTR is going to run through defence establishments in Pune and this whole road is elevated. PMC also needs to acquire land from defence department for this," the source said, explaining why the need for the no-objection.

Aniruddha Pawaskar, PMC road department ...