Hyderabad: After delay of several years, work on Hyderabad Metro in the Old City will finally start in a few days. This became possible after the Hyderabad Metro Rail officials and the leaders of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen reached an agreement on how to minimise the loss of properties and how to avoid damage to any religious structure, which was the main contentious issues.
L & T Metro, the developer of the project, will take up the work from Imlibun Bus Depot to Falakunuma via Darulshifa and Shahali Banda.
Team of officials led by HMRL managing director NVS Reddy and the MIM leaders led by party floor leader in assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi undertook a detailed inspection of the 6km-long route from Darulshifa to Falaknuma which passes through congested areas of the old city marked by several religious structures.
The work was delayed as the MIM had demanded that the route should be changed and taken along the River Musi and pass through Bahadurpura to Falaknuma. However, L & T had refused to accept the alternate on the ground of cost escalation. If the alignment was changed the project cost would have gone up by Rs8 billion, L & T officials said.
After inspecting the route NVS Reddy said that work would start in a couple of days and a detailed survey will be undertaken to identify the historical and religious places along the route. The places where the pillars and station will be built will also be marked.
To facilitate the Metro line, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will expand the road to 100 feet. The route will have five stations at Salarjung Musuem, Charminar, Shahali Banda, Shamshergunj and Falaknuma. Though the metro station will be on the Mandi Mir Alam Road parallel to the Charminar road, the station will be named after the historic monument.
“As the stations will be closer to the Heritage structures we have suggested that facilities of international standards should be provided to the commuters”, Akbaruddin Owaisi said.
The delay in taking up the Metro work in old city had caused disappointment and consternation among the local people and it had become a subject of protest on many occasions.
On Akbaurddin Owaisi’s demand that the Metro should not affect the religious structures of any community, NVS Reddy assured that the pillars and stations will be located in such way that no religious and sensitive structure was affected.
The stretch will be part of the corridor II which has already been partly completed from Jubilee Bus Stand in Secunderabad to Imlibun Bus Stand on the banks of River Musi.
With the clearance of obstacles in the old city, Hyderabad Metro has taken a big step towards its completion. While the Corridor III from Nagole to Miyapur is already operational, corridor I from Ameerpet to LB Nagar is ready for opening next month. Majority of works on JBS to Imlibun on Corridor II has also been completed.