68% of Hyderabad Metro Rail work completed

[] Hyderabad’s metro rail project has come one step closer to completion, with 68% of the work being completed and two sections – Nagole to Mettuguda and Miyapur to SR Nagar – receiving safety certifications

Works on 68% of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project has been completed, while two sections have got safety certification from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), HMR managing director NVS Reddy said.

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“Out of the total 72 kms, foundations in 59 kms, pillars in 56 kms and viaducts in 47 kms, have been completed,” he said, adding that the Nagole-Mettuguda section (8 km) of corridor 3 and Miyapur-SR Nagar section (12 km) of corridor 1, have received the safety certification from the CMRS.

Reddy made a detailed presentation to the Committee on Public Undertakings (CoPU), Telangana legislature, under the chairmanship of N Divakar Rao, which reviewed the performance of Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd and the project’s progress. Explaining the challenges and hurdles faced, which include about 200 court cases, permissions, issues pertaining to sensitive structures etc., and how they were tackled, Reddy indicated that 68% of the project was completed, in a statement issued by HMR.

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Lauding the progress in the project, quality of work, safety standards and advanced features of the Hyderabad Metro Rail system, committee members made various suggestions, regarding early completion of Phase-1, selection of routes for Phase-2 extension, creation of parking, etc. The committee also appreciated the fact that HMR has already won about 20 national and international awards, during the construction stage.

The 72-kms elevated project, being developed by L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH), will have three corridors and 66 stations. It the is world’s largest public-private partnership project (PPP) in the sector. The project was initially scheduled to be completed by July 2017. However, delays like changes in alignment, land acquisition and other issues, have resulted in the project overshooting the deadline and all the three Metro Rail corridors, including the one passing through the old city, would be completed by December 2018, authorities had earlier said.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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