Metro station at Begumpet ‘special’
- High-level team inspects the three-level project
Hyderabad: Begumpet Metro Train Station is designed as a partly three-level “special station” with provision of a mezzannine floor on both ends of the station below the concourse level due to narrow area between Begumpet flyover and some private properties.
Unlike the other stations, Begumpet Metro station is wedged in a narrow area between the Begumpet flyover (ROB) on one side and private properties of Country Club and Nawab Bashir Yar Jung on the other side. Since the area available for building the Metro station is only about 2,400 square yards (1514 sq yds of Country Club open land acquired at a cost of Rs 21.32 crores and 876 sq yds of Nawab Bashir Yar Jung at a cost of Rs 12.63 crores by HMRL), a majority of the station facilities had to be squeezed into this area.
Normally, a Metro station has four entry/exits: staircases, escalators and lifts on all the four sides of the station to facilitate easy movement and entry/exit of commuters in and out of Metro station. However, in view of the presence of a flyover and road on one side of the station, all the entry/exits of Begumpet Metro station needed to be accommodated in the limited space acquired from the two private properties and a government quarter near the station, which is adjacent to Lifestyle building.
A high-level team consisting of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) MD, NVS Reddy; GHMC Commissioner, Dr B. Janardhan Reddy; Hyderabad Collector, Rahul Bojja, inspected the station premises on Friday. The team was appointed by the state government to make suggestions for the site constraints of Begumpet Metro station.
Inspecting the premises and the station design prepared by L&T MRHL which provides the staircases, escalators and lifts on the private properties’ side of the station from the ground level to mezzanine level and thereafter readjusting the facilities on all four corners from mezzanine floor onwards, the high level team appreciated the engineering solution and advised L&T engineers to leave enough ground space for future widening of Kundanbagh road to 100 feet and locate all Metro structures accordingly.
The high level team will make its recommendations to the government regarding location of various other facilities and parking and circulation areas for Begumpet Metro station in the next few days. The team is also likely to recommend construction of skywalks on both ends of the station below the Metro viaduct with landings at Begumpet railway station on one side and Greenlands Jn on the other to provide better connectivity with other modes of transport like railways, buses, etc. The facilities will connect the nearby educational institutions like Hyderabad Public School, Geetanjali School, St. Francis Women’s College and commercial complexes in the busy Begumpet area, stated NVS Reddy.