With the date of rolling out the much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail approaching, the Special Task Force meant to monitor the progress of the project decided to expedite acquisition of properties in Sultan Bazar, Badichowdi, Putlibowli, Yousufguda and Jubilee Hills areas during a review meeting on Tuesday.
Chief secretary K Pradeep Chandra, who heads the special task force also directed the secretary, Minorities Welfare, to immediately handover affected Wakf properties at Musheerabad Junction and RTC X Roads, for which payments have already been made byHyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL).
The state government is hoping for a launch in 2017 on Ugadi or Telangana Formation Day. It hopes to throw open at least two stretches of the project from Nagole-Mettuguda to Begumpet on Corridor I and Miyapur-SR Nagar up to Khairatabad on Corridor III. The Nagole-Mettuguda stretch and the Miyapur-SR Nagar stretch were completed months back.
So far, 61km of foundation, 58 km of pillars and 49 km of viaducts have been completed.The execution of the project has speeded up since a review was done by the Chief Minister in November, said NVS Reddy , managing director, HMRL. Several long pending and critical properties like Transstroy building on Road No 5, Jubilee Hills; Padmahamsa apartments near ISKCON temple in Secunderabad; the top floor of Begumpet Post Office; Rahmat complex at Ameerpet Jn, have since been demolished. “The South Central Railway recently giving permissions for construction of RoBs at seven locations. The Chilkalguda Road over Bridge has since been completed and RoB works at Alugaddabavi, Begumpet, Oliphenta, Lakdikapul, Malakpet have started,“ he said.