Hyderabad Metro | HMRL to develop heritage precinct

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Hyderabad: Commuters taking a ride on the Police Control Room and Rangamahal Junction in Corridor-I will get a taste of city’s heritage. In keeping with state government’s instructions, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) will be developing a beautiful heritage precinct at the metro station.

HMRL plans to lay out a continuous as well as wide footpaths offering seamless pedestrian movement on a five-kilometre Metro Rail stretch in Corridor-I.

Managing director of HMRL, NVS Reddy along with top metro officials has carried out inspection. The stations earmarked for the project is starts from Police Control Room and Rangamahal Junction in Corridor-I. This stretch is to be developed as heritage arcade. The directive has come from the Telangana government.

HMRL will be working to develop the stretch and promises that commuters will see the transformation. Reddy said that wide footpaths will be developed across the 5 km stretch themed around the city’s heritage.

Giving a glimpse of the design, Reddy shared that there will be vintage looking electrical fittings interspersed with sculptures, art work and classical signage. There will be liberal use of cobble stones and classic patterns of tiles and stone flooring will be used. They will also work towards restoration of heritage buildings and structures while developing the stretch.

HMRL MD also stated that Nampally Metro station will be linked with Nampally Railway station on 200 metres away with a covered railings and walkway that will have heritage look.

Commuters transiting from metro station to (Nampally) railway station and vice-versa can take luggage in trolleys a facility similar to that available on airports. Reddy added that two-lane carriageway on each one side will be aesthetically constructed with cobble stones.

In order to restore the grand heritage structures which are not in good state, HMRL plans to have theme-based public plazas. There will wonderful lighting with perfect ambiance to give the heritage structure a magnificent look. The idea is to restore history and merge it with contemporary urban development.

Other features to be added is multi-level car parking along with other facilities. These will be coming up at Gandhi Bhavan stations and Nampally metro stations. These stations will be integrated with MJ Market which requires restoration as well.

State-of-the-art facilities will be made available to offer seamless connectivity via sky-walks. These will be connecting the MGBS Metro station with MGBS bus depot on one side and the Old city area on Chaderghat side.

Talking about the OMC station and Rangamahal Junction part of Corridor-II, Reddy said that they plan to have double decker style pillar structure. This line will be developed as a tourist spot that will showcase union between historical classiness and engineering distinction in Hyderabad city.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year in November had inaugurated a 30 km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole of the 72-km-long elevated Hyderabad metro project. The concessionaire L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited is developing the project across three corridors.

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