Hyderabad Metro Rail further to be extended by 83 km in Phase-II expansion
Hyderabad: Two stretches of Hyderabad Metro Rail from Nagole to Mettuguda (8 km) of Corridor-III and Miyapur-Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar (12 km) under Corridor-I which are completed, will be thrown open to public services by the first quarter of 2016, IT minister KT Rama Rao said here on Friday.
“The state government has also directed Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) to explore the possibility of expanding the metro rail network for another 83 km on five different streches. Presently 72 km of metro rail line is being constructed on three different corridors in the twin cities,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after a test run of the metro rail project between Mettuguda and Uppal stations, Rama Rao, along deputy chief minister Mahmood Ali, ministers Nayini Narasimha Reddy, T Srinivas Yadav and T Padma Rao, said that dates for commencement of metro services on two stretches early next year would be announced by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
“The chief minister is keen that the project be expanded from the current stretch of 72 km to 200 km in a phased manner.
The second phase will make it a 155-km project and will provide connectivity to various destinations on the city’s outskirts,” KTR said.
Divulging more details on the second phase, KTR said, “The state government has asked HMRL to prepare feasibility plans for expansion of the project under the second phase by 83 km. This includes Miyapur to Patancheru (13 km), LB Nagar to Hayathnagar (7 km), Nagole-LB Nagar-Falaknuma-Shamshabad (28 km), Tarnaka to ECIL X Road (7 km) and Raidurg-Gachibowli to Shamshabad Airport (28 km).”
The government would make all efforts to provide last mile connectivity by connecting metro stations with various destinations through buses, he said adding that there is also a proposal to run feeder services by operating electric vehicles.
Though the Nagole-Mettuguda (8 km) was completed and was to be operationalised early this year during Ugadi, the proposal was put on hold as there would have been revenue losses. So it was decided to extend the stretch up to Secunderabad Railway station, KTR said.
“Most of the hurdles for the project have been solved and we expect the remaining issues in the Old City to be sorted out soon so that the project can be completed on time by 2017,” he added.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail project would be extended by another 83 km in phase II. The Delhi metro too expanded over a period of time and the same would be done in Hyderabad as well, informed Minister for IT and Panchayat Raj K T Rama Rao on Friday.
The idea is to extend the metro to 200 km and cover peripheral areas, he added. The IT minister along with Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Minister for Prohibition and Excise T Padma Rao, Minister for Commercial Taxes Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) MD, N V S Reddy and L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) chief executive and managing director V B Gadgil went on a trial run between Mettuguda and Uppal station.
Underscoring the utility of the Metro Rail, KTR said that a trip between Mettuguda and Uppal took just eight minutes. Once the Metro Rail project is completed it would change the face of Hyderabad. Echoing a similar sentiment, Nayani Narsimha Reddy said that it would boost the brand image of Hyderabad.
In phase II, the stretches are Miyapur to Patancheru (13 km) Tarnaka to ECIL (7 km) Nagole via Falaknuma to Shamshabad (28 km), Raidurg to Gachibowli (28 km) and LB Nagar to Hayatnagar (7 km).
KTR Promises Best Compensation for Sultan Bazar Traders
Explaining the government’s motive of reverting to the original metro rail route, Rama Rao said, “After exhausting all the alternative options for change of alignments at State Assembly and Sultan Bazar, the state government has given green signal to L&T and HMRL to go ahead with the original construction plan. The government will try and offer the best compensation to Sultan Bazar traders.” “HMRL authorities agreed to develop the project even on roads as small as 65 feet. By doing so, bottlenecks have been cleared and the concerns expressed by hawkers will also be sorted out,” he said. “The government will provide a special location and make it a hawker’s paradise for those affected by the metro construction,” the minister added.
There would be no realignment and the Hyderabad Metro Rail project would progress as per the original plan. This was told in no uncertain terms by IT and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao. He said, “The reason for the delay is all options were examined in the Old City.” He further added that no heritage structures would be demolished and the project would be completed as per schedule which is 2017.
In response to the question of opening the stretch between Nagole to Mettuguda, he said that it would be thrown open to public in the first half of 2016.
It may be noted that the Nagole-Mettuguda stretch was to have opened on Ugadi day this year but the TRS government felt that it would be better if the service was extended till Secunderbad Station. Three RoBs between Alugadabavi and Secunderabad station are crucial for the completion of the stretch.
Even Delhi metro was extended to 200 km in a phased manner and the same would be followed in Hyderabad. The State Government is spending Rs 3,000 crore on the project .