Vizag Metro Rail Gets State Government’s Approval

The AP State Government has given a green light to Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project that has proposed plans of providing transportation to the entire city.
Vizag Metro Rail Gets State Government’s Approval

Visakhapatnam: The AP State Government has given a green light to Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project that has proposed plans of providing transportation to the entire city. The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Ministry issued a notification on Friday to this effect.

The Project envisaged three corridors, covering major routes of a 30.38 km stretch that begins at Gajuwaka Junction, passes through NAD X Road, Gurudwara Junction, Maddilapalem and Hanumanthawaka, culminating at Kommadi.

The second corridor covers a 5.25 km stretch between Gurudwara and Old Post Office Junction, while the third corridor extends between Tatichetlapalem and Chinna Waltair in a 6.9 km stretch.

The total length of the metro line is 42.55 km. The Government is planning to complete the work in a fixed time period.

The State Government had already finished preliminary technical studies concerning the project. The detailed project report prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was approved by the state cabinet in May 2015.

The project was first mooted by the then planning commission’s working group in 2011, and then in deliberations of AP Reorganization Act of 2014, during the bifurcation exercise.

The outlay of the Project would be decided upon perusing the detailed project report. However, the earlier estimate suggested an expenditure of Rs 13,488 crore for the project. The land acquisition would be carried out by the district administration.

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Metro Rail Will Add Beauty To Hyderabad: NVS Reddy

  • Metro stations are under construction

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail Project would embellish the global city of Hyderabad changing its shape and manifestation, besides easing perennial traffic congestion, according to Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director, NVS Reddy.

Participating in a “Meet-the-Press” program here on Saturday, Reddy said the work was continuing in an expeditious manner. On the completion of the project, the City would adorn an enticing and beautiful look and exemplify myriad varieties of rare and latest features at the stations to offer the best transportation services, he said. The Metro Rail chief asserted that the project was being developed in a fabulous manner.

Denying that the Metro Rail works were going on a sluggish pace, NVS Reddy said metro stations are being constructed at bus stands and railway stations to pick up the commuters.

The project, he said, would add to the awesome look of the city, which will go in for complete change in its appearance that will be a cynosure to the people. Coupled with latest technology, modern equipment and trained manpower are adding to the beauty of the project, he remarked.

The people will be involved in the project whose works are nearing completion on PPP (Public Private Partnership) mode, he said, adding that transparent procedures adopted to acquire land for the project and that they have given back 1,000 sq yards developed land to the farmers who gave their bit of lands, Reddy added. (NSS)

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PM will launch Metro Rail project : Dattatreya

  • 50 percent of the project completed
  • Pillars stretch 43 km

HYDERABAD: Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Bandaru Dattatreya, today asked the Metro Rail authorities to expedite the project work and begin services immediately. Dattatreya, who inaugurated the Metro Rail project at Nagole depot for the first time, said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would launch the project upon completion.

He said that the project was his dream that began in 2001. The center has allotted 2,500 crore rupees for it, and the authorities should expedite the work.

Dattatreya interacted with Metro Rail Managing Director NVS Reddy and had the glimpse of the rail and its attractive features. The rail is just ready to chug on the tracks.

He asked the state government to take the initiative, so that the metro rail will soon chug on to serve the people. The minister suggested that the government can settle the issues related to land acquisition for the metro-rail works.

“I hope a discussion with landowners and the management gives positive results,” he said. He also stated he would soon meet Chief Minister Chandraekhar Rao and discuss in detail on the issue. It is likely that the authorities are planning to launch the much-awaited project by next October.

Metro Rail in 2016: NVS Reddy

Speaking the occasion, NVS Reddy said that the local talent would be given priority to fill up jobs in Metro Rail project. He said that the rail would be launched next year as the first phase of launch was stalled due to technical reasons. Fifty percent of the workis completed so far, and the pillars are set up along the stretch of 43 kilometers, he said. (NSS)

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TOUGH DAYS AHEAD for Telugu CMs

  • Problems continue to haunt
  • Metro notes is disturb in
  • Pensions list is confusing

(M Ramdas)

It increasingly appears that both Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu will face more stormy days and nights as Chief Ministers. Bifurcation had initially seen popular rejoicing and a build-up of high expectations among the masses. But, after six months of belied expectations and broken promises, the outlook is very different. For example, land pooling for a new capital has not gone smoothly for Naidu with farmers questioning the modalities and the offered package. Similarly, Rao is wrestling with the farm loan waiver scheme and the flawed pension scheme, ‘Asra’.

The much-heralded pension scheme appears to have no clear guidelines for selection of beneficiaries. In a mindless manner, the Government has, it appears, excluded thousands of eligible people from the list. Even pensioners already enjoying the benefits have been struck off. There is worry and apprehension about the moves of the Telangana Government.

The Metro Rail project which is hoped will ease future traffic congestion in the twin cities and lead to cheap, swift travel, is bogged down in controversy. It has to be said that KCR is allowing politics to take precedence over practicality and promises made. The Opposition is not amused. After prevailing upon the Project directors to realign certain sections to save the architectural splendour of the Assembly building as well preserve the livelihood of hundreds of Sultan Bazar traders. But suddenly, KCR wanted a realignment in the Old City because of pressure from his ally, the MIM. Will not this unprofessional approach further delay the already limping Metro scheme? People are already weary of the extensive and endless construction activity creative havoc with traffic jams and restricted movement. Will the reputed international body backing the Project allow this is kind of vacillation by the Chief Minister?

Both the CMs have ambitious plans and want to move ahead and achieve some success. But their constituents are not convinced and are sceptical of their motives. Farmers especially have seen the promises of a rosy future dashed. They are also quite savvy and aware and not gullible as before. But the rural scene in Telangana is cause for serious concern, with poor marginal framers taking their lives in protest against an indifferent and unfeeling bureaucracy. KCR faces a real crisis of confidence and his grip over his electorate is slipping. Naidu is somewhat better placed as a leader. However, building a brand new capital is no cake walk. Both the divided Telugu supremos are sure to have a rocky road ahead, with no relief in sight in the near future.

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