Hyderabad Old City Metro Project Progress Delayed Until Conclusion of Lok Sabha Polls

MRT Online Desk Posted on: 2024-03-30 06:10:00 Viewer: 858 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Hyderabad

Hyderabad Old City Metro Project Progress Delayed Until Conclusion of Lok Sabha Polls

Hyderabad, India (Metro Rail Today): The ambitious Hyderabad Old City metro project, spanning a remaining 5.5 kilometers from MGBS to Falaknuma, has hit a roadblock, with progress expected only after the conclusion of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. The project, valued at ₹2,000 crore and inaugurated by Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy recently, faces delays primarily due to pending land acquisition processes. Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) officials are grappling with identifying ownership of approximately 1,100 properties likely to be affected by the proposed road widening for the construction of four overhead stations—Salarjung Museum, Charminar, Shalibanda, and Falaknuma.

Notices have been issued to occupants of these properties, and efforts to determine land ownership are underway in collaboration with Revenue authorities. However, the implementation of these processes has been hampered by the imposition of the model code of conduct during the elections, further delaying the project's progression.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) have discerned that 2.5 kilometers of the planned 5.5-kilometer stretch may not necessitate extensive widening, as the existing road measures 80 feet wide from Shahlibanda to Falaknuma. However, the real challenge lies in widening the road from Darulshifa to Shahalibanda, where the width is approximately 60 feet and numerous small shops occupy dilapidated buildings on both sides.

Addressing these challenges, HMRL Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy stated that efforts are underway to ascertain ownership through the Revenue department. Additionally, engineering solutions are being explored with consultants to navigate around the 103 religious and sensitive structures along the route.

Despite the complexities, HMRL is committed to leveraging its experience from the first phase of the project to ensure seamless integration with the existing metro network. Innovations such as leaner stations and adjustments to the viaduct design are being considered to optimize resources and enhance efficiency.

Looking ahead, plans are underway to extend the metro network up to Chandrayangutta near the flyover, with provisions for an interchange station akin to Parade Grounds and JBS stations. Moreover, assurances have been made regarding improved infrastructure along the Old City metro route, including better footpaths, civic spaces, street furniture, and ample parking facilities—a rectification of shortcomings observed in the first phase of the project.

As stakeholders navigate through logistical challenges and regulatory frameworks, the eventual completion of the Hyderabad Old City metro project promises to usher in a new era of connectivity and convenience for residents and commuters alike.


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