HYDERABAD (Metro Rail News): The Newly elected CM of Telangana held a detailed review of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project on Wednesday night.
Airport Metro on Hold
The Chief Minister asked the Hyderabad Metro Rail officials to put the Airport metro from Raidurg to Shamshabad alignment plan and its gender on hold. He has asked HRM Officials to plan an alternative route from MGBS Falaknuma & LB Nagar.
The HRM Officials have been directed to Prepare a cost-effective alternative to the Hyderabad Metro. The potential routes include the metro via Mailardevpally, Jalpally and P7 Road, or Barkas-Pahadi Shareef and Srisailam Road.
A straight-line alignment can save costs by running across the open areas of the airport premises, as the entire land belongs to the government. The Chief Minister pointed out this aspect in the meeting held on Wednesday night.
The CM remarked that the earlier metro alignment ran along the G0111 area, where the scope of development remains limited, and there is already an excellent transport facility in the form of ORR.
The Hyderabad Metro is a rapid transit system, India’s third longest operational metro network. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 30-kilometre-long stretch from Miyapur to Nagole, with 24 stations, on 28 November 2017. This marked the opening of the longest rapid transit metro line in one go in India, estimated to cost ₹18,800 crore.
The successful implementation of this metro network has contributed to the efficient transportation of the city’s residents, with approximately 490,000 daily commuters as of February 2020. Phase I of the project includes three lines:
Line 1 – Red Line – LB Nagar-Miyapur – 29 km (18 mi) 27 stations
Line 2 – Green Line – JBS–Falaknuma 15 km (9.3 mi) 15 stations
Line 3 – Blue Line – Nagole–Raidurg – 28 km (17 mi) 24 stations
The current daily ridership of the Hyderabad metro stands at about 490,000.
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