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Hyderabad Metro Rail airport plan on hold, new master plan for city: CM, ET Infra


<p>Telangana Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Chief Secretary A. Santhi Kumari at a review meeting.</p>
Telangana Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Chief Secretary A. Santhi Kumari at a review meeting.

Telangana Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy conducted a detailed review on the Hyderabad Metro Rail project, its expansion plans, Airport Metro project, etc on Wednesday. He wanted to know how the Airport Metro alignment was fixed along the ORR through G.O. 111 area, where the scope for development is limited and already a very good transport facility in the form of ORR is there.

Reddy stated that since a major part of the city’s population is in central and eastern parts and in the old city, priority should have been given to take the Airport Metro alignment through Old City from MGBS-Falaknuma and from LB Nagar area to serve a vast majority of the common people.

Further, the CM said the city will have to be developed and expanded equally in all directions and that Hyderabad has tremendous potential to be a global city with no geographical limitations. Keeping the fact that Telangana is already at 40% urbanisation and is further rapidly getting urbanized, Hyderabad city should be planned for accommodating initially about two crore population and finally around three crore population, by creating satellite townships all around ORR and Metro Rail shall play an important role in providing affordable and fast connectivity to these satellite townships.

Reddy instructed the senior officials to keep the present airport alignment plan and its tender on hold and quickly prepare alternative alignments from MGBS-Falaknuma and from LB Nagar via Chandrayangutta. He directed MD, HMRL to prepare cost effective alternatives of taking it via Mailardevpally, Jalpally and P7 Road or via Barkas-Pahadishareef and Srisailam Road. He suggested that if a straight line alignment can save costs, it can cut across the open areas of the airport premises as the entire land belongs to the government.

Further, he advised the officials to plan for an environment-friendly mega township in the huge extent of lands acquired for Pharma City near Kandukur. He opined that the polluting Pharma City shall not be close to Hyderabad and instead, it shall be located in a distant place. He also instructed MD, HMRL to plan for Metro Rail connectivity to this mega new city from the airport area via Tukkuguda on Srisailam Road.

Expressing his dissatisfaction with the way several benefits have been handed out to the Metro Rail Concessionaire L&TMRHL despite non-completion of 5.5km stretch in Old City, he directed officials to get the whole matter investigated. He said that the concession agreement of L&TMRHL and that of GMR Airport and the supplementary concession agreement of Metro Rail should be thoroughly examined to protect government’s interests.

Stating that his government takes a balanced approach between welfare schemes and development of the city, the CM directed the officials to come up with a master plan for the city, including beautification of Musi river and making use of the right of way available along its banks to plan for east-west road-cum-Metro Rail connectivity from Nagole to Gandipet, duly connecting the intercity bus terminal of MGBS. He advised the officials to think big to exploit Hyderabad’s potential to be a logistics and medical hub between the Western and Gulf countries on one hand Southeast Asia on the other. He also instructed them to plan for a dry port, since Telangana is a landlocked state.

Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Minister for Revenue, I&PR Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, Chief Secretary A. Santhi Kumari, Special Chief Secretary MA&UD Arvind Kumar, MD, HMRL, NVS Reddy, CMO Secretary V. Seshadri, other senior officials B. Shivadhar Reddy and Shahnawaz Qasim participated in the review meeting.

  • Published On Dec 15, 2023 at 05:42 PM IST

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