Former GM/SCR Stanley Babu appointed Advisor to Hyderabad Metro Rail MD

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) seems to have become a rehabilitation centre for retired officers. Former GM of South Central Railway T Stanley Babu has been appointed Advisor (Railways) to the HMR managing director for a period of two years.

While the orders were issued a couple of days ago, he assumed charge on Monday. Babu had worked as Advisor (Railways) to the state government after his superannuation in 2005. He then moved to L&T Metro Rail as Advisor for three years, which ended last month i.e., December 2013.

Sources said the Advisor to the HMR Managing Director has a remuneration of Rs one lakh in addition to Rs.30,000 reimbursable expenditure per month. The Advisor is also entitled to get facilities such as an official vehicle, mobile and other facilities applicable to the Chief Engineer rank officer of HMR.

“Considering his wide range of experience in metro rail projects in general and the Hyderabad Metro Rail project in particular as Advisor during its conceptual stage, the HMR thought he would be useful for the project,” an internal proceeding order by HMR said.

The project works were being executed by the developer L&T and not by the HMR. Sources said even for monitoring works, there was no necessity to appoint advisors as there were officials, including engineers, with the HMR.

HMR to commercially optimize the most of stations

Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director N.V.S Reddy on Monday said space at Metro stations would be commercially utilised to generate more revenue.

Mr. Reddy said only four of the world’s 200 mass transit systems were self-sustaining; others received subsidies from local governments.

This was mainly because the projects depended more on passenger fare for income, sidelining the importance of commercial exploitation of space at stations and other places, he explained while delivering a lecture on Global Competitiveness through Industrial Engineering – Hyderabad Metro Rail, an Example, organised at FAPCCI.

Challenges

Underlining the importance for thinking out-of-the-box, Mr. Reddy said a project of HMR’s magnitude entailed several challenges – 35 per cent of them engineering and 65 per cent non-engineering – and all these were addressed with sheer innovations.

Small farmers

For instance, HMR required 260 acres of land. Obtaining 100 acres in Uppal and the rest in Miyapur was always a challenge with the presence of small and marginal farmers in the area. These farmers would earn a mere Rs. 20,000 a year and were on the verge of suicide. HMR approached them and for each acre of land development, 1000 square yards of plot was developed.

This boosted land value and now the farmers were happy, said Mr. Reddy.

Likewise, the use of pre-cast concrete structure reduced enormous load on roads and helped in the smooth flow of traffic, he explained. Indian Institution of Industrial Engineering Hyderabad chapter president R. Jayaraman also spoke on the occasion.

The move would help the HMR generate more revenue and not depend on passenger fares alone

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