The Hyderabad Metro Rail won’t chug into Old City under the present ongoing PPP project, notwithstanding protests demanding the service in that part of the city.
Although metro was supposed to be built across a 72-km stretch covering three dense corridors, Corridor 2 will halt at Imlibun Bus Station starting from Jubilee Bus Station as had been feared.
There is no chance of the elevated metro viaduct passing through the Old City to reach Falaknuma from Imlibun, a distance of a little over 6 km, even if the powers, which had demanded an alignment change, are now said to be amenable to taking it to the originally conceived route of Darulshifa, Alizakotla, Haribowli, etc.
By the middle or end of 2018, there is every likelihood of the rest of Corridor 1 — from Ameerpet to L.B. Nagar — being thrown open to commercial operations, completing the entire ‘Red Line’. Similarly, Corridor 3, too, would be ready from Ameerpet to Hi-Tec City, although extension of the ‘Blue Line’ up to Raidurg is another two years away.
Top Government officials, pleading anonymity, stated that the project would be declared “completed” once the metro line is built up to Hi-Tec City and opened to the public without waiting for the MGBS-Falaknuma link because L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) has been given extension up to November 2018 to do the work.
“L&TMRH has already raised a demand for ₹4,500 crore compensation for delays in providing right of way. There is no way that the firm will take up work in Old City unless the Government provides funding,” say senior officials.