Vijayawada: The metro rail line, that is expected to connect the Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) and Penamalur, will pass over the proposed flyover at Benz Circle at a height of 18 meters, said Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation Managing Director N.P. Ramakrishna Reddy.
Addressing a review meeting here on Friday, Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy said that the cost of the first phase of metro rail project was estimated to be Rs. 6,823 crore and targeted to be completed by 2018.
The railway lines were so designed that the trains could achieve a top speed of 80 kmph from a minimum 33 kmph.
The corridor would have 24 stations, he said adding that 71 families facing displacement owing to the project would be rehabilitated.
Similarly, 170 petty traders have to be relocated. Some land was to be acquired at the head office of Fire Services Department near the police control room too.
Speaking at the meeting, Krishna Collector Babu. A suggested to Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy to ensure that the project did no harm the Victoria Museum and Sub-Collector’s office which were heritage buildings.
He wanted the heads of various departments to be involved in regular inspections of the metro project works so that any lapses could be rectified.
A comprehensive plan of action was to be drafted for taking up the metro project in the PNBS-Nidamanur corridor, the Collector added.