Hyderabad: The Metro Rail project, conceived to ease traffic woes significantly in Hyderabad when completed, is expected to roll out its services this October. A 16-km rail stretch between Nagole and Begumpet and another 11.9-km stretch between Miyapur and SR Nagar are expected to be thrown open for public, most likely on Dasara.
Metro Rail thus is set to emerge as one of the key planks for Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The Chief Minister’s renewed focus on the capital, be it the ‘Swachh Hyderabad’ campaign that is set to kick off on May 16 or the plans for creating citizen-friendly infrastructure, road repairs and building of parking complexes, point to the TRS gearing itself up for the civic polls in earnest.
Officials of the Metro Rail project concessionaire, Larsen & Toubro, said they were asked to expedite works on the two above mentioned stretches. The instructions were issued during a recent weekly review meeting of the government, L&T and the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited. A senior official in the department of municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) confirmed that the date of commissioning of Metro services has been fixed tentatively for October.
“The works are progressing well ahead of schedule. While the exact date of commissioning is yet to be decided, we can expect it to happen before the year-end,” said M G Gopal, Principal Secretary, MA&UD.
A number of various unrequited jams are being eliminated in order to supply right amount of way so as to fasten the execution of the 72-km-long raised, according to media reports.
At a Special Task Force (STF) meeting, State Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma announced the development plan has lead to an acquisition of 204 properties discussed for follow up. These involved 157 private and 47 Government Vested Municipal properties (GVM).
In the meeting it was revealed that 39 properties were deconstructed since the last STF meeting, and various other pending properties which were haunting the metro rail project were also wrecked, the reports added.
With such practices, it has sped up the process of Metro project which was in crucial stages near Secunderabad Railway Station among the same busy locations and junctions where the project works are now in progress, says reports.
There are 13 GVM properties that need to be acquired and deconstructed during the week. The plan of the properties is likely to be completed by the end of the next month.
Out of the 137 private properties, purchase of 100 properties are almost completed, from which 45 properties are in advance cheque disposal stage, according to media reports.
In fact, the Nagole-Mettuguda stretch (8.01 km) was to be thrown open to public on March 21, 2015 as per the internal deadline fixed by HMRL and L&T. But the state government postponed the inauguration with the word going around that the launch was kept in abeyance to coincide with the conduct of GHMC polls.
“The chief minister is particular about the preparedness for the GHMC elections. He has instructed the officials to take steps required for conducting the polls,” said Singireddy Srinivas Reddy, TRS leader and former corporator. “He has instructed that the Metro stretch between Nagole and Begumpet must be ready by October,” Reddy added.
The L&T officials said while the stretch between Nagole and Mettuguda is ready for operation, the work on the Mettuguda-Begumpet (8.25 km) was originally scheduled to be completed by November. Meeting the October deadline as proposed by the Chief Minister would not be an issue, the company officials said.
With respect to the Miyapur-S R Nagar stretch, which was originally scheduled to be ready for operations by August this year, is also expected to be inaugurated along with Nagole-Begumpet section.
To speed up the construction activity, the government on its part, expedited land acquisition and demolition of the properties along the Mettuguda-Begumpet stretch and L&T officials said 100 per cent of the right of way (RoW) has been granted on this stretch. The government, last week, also released Rs 800 crore for property acquisition, road widening and beautification of the two stretches.
Of the 306 piers required along this stretch, 220 have been erected. And of the six stations, Rasooulpura, Prakashnagar and Paradise are 70 per cent completed. Work on other three stations at Begumpet, Secunderabad (East), and Secunderabad (West) is yet to be started. But the L&T officials expressed confidence that the work and regulatory procedures, including getting safety certification, would be completed before October.