Hyderabad Metro to be functional by the end of 2014

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail will hit the tracks by the end of 2014 and ferry about 15 lakh passengers every day, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Speaking after inaugurating certain works of Hyderabad Metro, he said the first trial run would be held in June 2014.

The project needs to be completed on time, or the government would have to pay a penalty of Rs.32 lakhs if it is delayed even by a day and the concessionaire would have to pay Rs. 62 lakhs if the delay is on its part, he said.

Highlighting the slew of welfare measures being implemented by his government, Reddy said legal status is being accorded to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes special component plan.

The government would not compromise on ensuring law and order in Hyderabad, he added.

Meanwhile, the absence of Union Minister S Jaipal Reddy from the programme triggered speculation that he was upset about not being invited in a proper manner. However, the Chief Minister told reporters later on Sunday evening that he was not aware of the matter.