Ugandan team visits Hyderabad Metro Rail works

Hyderabad: Patience, tact, persuasion, careful documentation and the likes are the key requirements for project leaders in implementing mega infrastructure projects in the country, said HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy on Wednesday.

Interacting with a Ministerial team from Uganda at the Administrative Staff College of India on Wednesday, he said how sensitive and long pending cases were resolved and properties were acquired for the project. Uganda’s Minister for Housing, Lands & Urban Development Engola Sam was led the delegation and he was briefed about the various aspects and innovative features of the metro rail project, the bid process, technical and financial specifications, communication strategies, etc.

The team visited Nagole station, Uppal precast yard and other Metro work sites. Around 824 acres of land from about 850 small farmers was acquired by the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and used for setting up the Metro Rail depot and casting yards, at Uppal Metro junction.

To understand the land requirement and acquisition process, a ministerial team from Uganda led by Uganda’s minister for housing, lands & urban development Engola Sam, met the managing director of HMR, Mr N.V.S. Reddy on Wednesday in the city.

The team visited the Nagole Metro station, the Uppal pre-cast yard and other Metro work sites.

“The Hyderabad Metro Rail project is being executed not as just an mass transportation system but as an urban redesign project. This was kept in mind in the land acquisition, bid process, technical specifications, financial model, communication strategies and engineering solutions adopted to resolve complex issues connected with the project. Above all, security measures are being implemented for the safety of women and children and the convenience of senior citizens and the differently-abled,” said Mr N.V.S. Reddy.