HYDERABAD (Metro Rail News): Telangana municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao has urged national finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman to contribute around 7,000 crores in money or contribution to the Telangana government in the upcoming union budget for the fiscal year 2022-2023.
He requested funds from the Centre for a number of projects under the municipal administration and urban development department, including the expansion of metro rail connectivity in the city, the construction of flyovers, junction improvements, the strategic road development programme (SRDP), the linking of the East and West parts of Hyderabad, and the construction of sewerage treatment plants.
KTR requested funds for a six-lane elevated corridor from Paradise Junction (at Gymkhana Grounds) to ORR Junction at Shamirpet (v) on Rajiv Rahadari and another six-lane elevated corridor from Paradise Junction to ORR Junction near Kandlakoya in a letter to the union finance minister on Thursday. While the project’s cost, excluding land, is around 9,000 crore, he added, the defence land for the elevated corridors is still pending with the union defence minister.
The minister requested financial help for the metro rail project after the Centre allocated large funding for the Bangalore metro in the previous budget. “The state government is proposing that the metro network be expanded along the KPHB-Kokapet and Narsingi corridors. The preliminary cost estimate for the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is 3,050 crore, but the Centre has been asked to fund 15% of the project cost, or 450 crore,” KTR stated.
The proposed corridor, he said, will be 30 kilometres long and have a five-lakh-rider capacity by 2030. It will connect to the projected Airport Express at Narsingi as well as the existing Metro network in the Financial District. He also requested financing for the Warangal Metro-Neo project, which is expected to cost around 184 crores. He said the Telangana government is looking into the possibilities of manufacturing Metro-Neo coaches in the state, citing Gol’s “Make in India” and “Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” policies.