Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew on Saturday conducted the Special Task Force (STF) meeting and reviewed the progress of works pertaining to Right of Way (RoW) and shifting of utilities for the Hyderabad Metro Rail project.
Appreciating the speedy progress of Metro Rail works in different parts of the city, the Chief Secretary highlighted the need for speedily shifting utilities like water lines, sewer lines, electrical overhead lines/underground cables, electrical poles, street lights, advertisement boards etc., and restoring the roads to good standards in a well coordinated manner to avoid inconvenience to general public.
Making a detailed presentation, HMR Managing Director N V S Reddy informed the CS that in the last one year L&T completed foundations in 17.5 km (665 foundations); pillars (piers) in 14 km (550 pillars); cast viaduct segments sufficient for covering 8 km (2700 segments) and completed viaduct formation in 3 km (100 spans). He has also informed her that after the last review meeting about 25 days ago, new work fronts have been given to L&T and that barrication has been done in SR Nagar, Punjagutta, Jubilee Hills Check Post, Rasoolpura and Nampally areas.
Based on HMR MD’s presentation, the Chief Secretary has issued certain instructions. She said that road cutting should be permitted by NH between ESI hospital and SR Nagar for shifting of water pipelines; MGBS and Dilshuk Nagar to convert 11 KV overhead electrical crossings to underground cabling at 7 locations; Moosarambagh and Dilshuk Nagar and at Paradise circle for shifting of water lines. The Roads and Buildings Department will give road cutting permission at Alugaddabavi and between Secunderabad and Keyes High School for shifting of water lines; between Alugaddabavi and Chilkalguda and at Chaderghat to convert overhead electrical lines to underground cabling.
The Cantonment Board will give road cutting permission for about 2 km on the backside of Parade grounds to divert the water pipeline from Marredpally to Paradise. The APCPDCL will expedite furnishing of estimates for shifting of 820 electrical poles, 138 distribution transformers and about 100 other electrical installations in 41 different locations in the 3 Metro Rail corridors. The APTRANSCO will complete conversion of overhead high tension electrical lines into underground cabling at Miyapur, JNTU, Kukatpally and Bharat Nagar by the end of June this year.
The Water Board has been asked to speed up the ongoing shifting of water lines and sewer lines and expedite estimates for shifting of 9 water lines and 4 sewer lines at different locations in Metro Rail corridors. The GHMC will remove/provide necessary support to remove 98 advertisement boards and lollypops; and shift/support shifting of 522 street light poles, 157 bus shelters and 49 traffic signal posts.
Continuous joint inspections will be conducted by HMR, GHMC, utility organizations, Traffic Police and L&TMRHL to sort out the Right of Way and utility shifting issues for the speedy progress of Metro Rail works and to enable smooth traffic flow in Metro Rail work areas.
R&B Principal Secretary S.P.Singh, MA&UD Principal Secretary B.Sam Bob, GHMC Commissioner M.T.Krishna Babu, EnC R&B (NH) K.Siva Reddy and other senior officers and engineers of HMR, Traffic Police, APCPDCL, APTRANSCO, Water Board, Defence and L&TMRHL participated in the meeting.