Hyderabad Metro Rail works in Old City will begin in next few days

HYDERABAD: The much-awaited Metro rail project in Old City will finally take off in next few days. Though the Metro project kicked off in all three corridors five years ago and some stretches have already been opened, it hit a wall in Old City for six years, primarily due to alignment issues between MGBS and Falaknuma.

The Old City Metro rail stretch is part of Corridor II (JBS to Falaknuma). As of now, work is continuing till MGBS and is expected to be completed by March 2019.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) authorities said on Saturday they would start Metro rail works in Old City, beginning with a detailed survey and peg marking of the tentative Metro pillar position and station locations on the ground.

Marking on affected structures would also be done as per Road Development Plan (RDP) prepared by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) for widening the road to 100 feet, said Metro officials.

According to initial estimation, as many as 1,000 properties will be displaced in some form on the 5.5-km Metro rail stretch.

“It will take a minimum of six months to complete ground works such as fine-tuning RDP, actual survey of properties, soil testing and finally land acquisition. The actual Metro work will begin later,” HMRL managing director NVS Reddy told TOI on Saturday. Reddy along with MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi and other Old City MLAs inspected the proposed Metro rail route from MGBS (Dar-ul-Shifa Junction) to Falaknuma on Saturday to understand the alignment, road width and properties that need to be taken over for the project, including religious and sensitive structures.