Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited is acquiring as many as 81 properties to facilitate better traffic movement in the 72-km-long elevated project corridors in the city.
“81 properties are in different stages of acquisition. They are mostly meant for road widening to facilitate better traffic movement in Metro corridors,” HMR Managing Director NVS Reddy said, adding that five critical foundations between the Mosque property, Punjagutta and NIMS have been completed by making use of continuous holidays during the recent festival period.
At a Special Task Force (STF) meeting convened by Telangana Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma to review the progress of HMR project, the acquisition of properties and right of way issues were addressed while seeking to expedite the project implementation. NVS Reddy, in a detailed presentation on the decisions of previous Special task Force meeting, informed that most of the Right of Way issues have been sorted out.
Other than the Transstroy building in Jubilee Hills, the remaining critical properties have either been acquired or are in the final stage of being acquired. The front portions of Rak Ceramics and Meenakshi Jewellery buildings have been demolished and Padmahamsa apartment in Secunderabad is at award stage.
Apart from granting more sites for the Concessionaire L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited, the TS Southern Power Distribution Company Limited was directed to expedite the required clearances for enabling the metro to execute the Metro Rail corridors.
Meanwhile, Sharma observed that a large number of work fronts are available for the concessionaire and that L&T MRHL should make full use of this working season and complete most of the foundations during this season.
He also noted that works are being carried out by L&T MRHL beyond the permitted period and this is prolonging the traffic hurdles and that he wanted L&T MRHL to strictly adhere to the time schedule.
L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad is developing the 72-km elevated metro rail project which will have three corridors and 66 stations. Meanwhile, the issue of alignment change of the metro in at least three locations is also at advanced stage of finalization