Metro Rail alignment in Sec’bad on track

  • HMRL acquires disputed block

Hyderabad: Winning a four-year-old legal battle and paying a total compensation of Rs 6.50 crores to the owners of 24 flats and 12 shops in Padmahamsa Apartments adjacent to Iskcon temple in Secunderabad, the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) acquired the affected block ‘A’ of the complex a couple of days ago and started demolishing it now to make way for the Metro Rail alignment.

This will facilitate bridging the remaining small gap of 300 meters between Sangeet Theatre junction and St Anns School portion of Metro Rail corridor III, HMRL managing director NVS Reddy has stated.

Assisted by engineering experts of L&T, Reddy conducted a day-long technical workshop at Rail Nilayam in which chief engineers and senior engineers of South Central Railway took part.  Various construction methodologies and safety precautions while building the remaining six metro Rail Over Bridges (ROBs) and the state-of-the-art technologies of Hyderabad Metro Rail project were discussed.

Appreciating the precision, sophistication, safety standards and the advanced rail technologies that HMRL and L&T are bringing to the country, Principal Chief Engineer, South Central Railway, SN Singh and other railway senior engineers  promised Reddy  that the South Central Railway authorities would extend full cooperation and support for the early completion of the remaining six metro RoBs.

The contentious issue of payment of ‘Traffic Block Charges’ to the railways is also being amicably sorted out and Metro RoB works will resume in the next few days, said Reddy. With the acquisition of Padmahamsa complex and re-commencement of Alugaddabavi Oliphenta, and other RoBs, Hyderabad Metro project will be fast tracked now and the prospects of extending the ‘ready to be commenced’ Nagole-Mettuguda section of corridor III up to Begumpet by mid-next year have brightened, he added.

-NSS

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