Good news for Hyderabad: Metro rail to chug from November

The project would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has sought time from the PM for this.

By Author  |  Business Bureau  |  Published: 11th Aug 2017  1:00 pmUpdated: 12th Aug 2017  12:23 am
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Hyderabad: Putting an end to suspense on the metro rail, Industries and Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao said the Hyderabad metro rail will chug from November this year.

In the first phase, Miyapur to Nagole would be opened. This would ease the traffic congestion on this 29km stretch to an extent, he said. The metro rail project will have two other corridors- JBS to Falaknuma and Nagole to Shiplaramam- later.

The project would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has sought time from the PM for this, Rao informed on Friday at the Telangana Builders Federation annual general body meet here.

Hyderabad as a global city

The minister said that work is in progress to make Hyderabad a global city. “Building a greenfield city is easy. However, developing Hyderabad, which has been evolving over the past over 425 years, is a challenge. We have made plans for that and it will take about eight years for the city to be a global city,” he said.

Power and water situation

Highlighting the work being done by Telangana Government, he said there were fears of the newly formed State plunging into power crisis. “The industries were in a spot of bother due to erratic power supply in summers. We have ensured continuous power supply for both domestic and industry consumers,” he said.
The government has been ensuring drinking water supply too to all parts city. It is supply about 400 MGD water, he said.

Ease of doing business

The State has been placed number one in ease of doing business. It has taken several measures, including a single window clearance system to give approvals to industries setting up operations, to improve transparency in the way the Government functions. Three new States were formed 13 years before Telangana came into being. They are still on their way to development on several fronts. On the other hand, Telangana was ahead in ease of doing business, digital transactions, growth rate and at least 12 other parametres, the minister said.
He attributed the success on multiple fronts to the planning by the Government machinery, led by Chief Minsiter Chandrashekar Rao.

A fear psychosis was created about the industry moving out of the State during the statehood movement. However, Telangana focused on improving the facilities and succeeded in winning the trust of the industry and secured significant investments into the State. There were widespread fears of law and order situation deteriorating in the new State. However, the police records show that the crime rate went down in the past three years, the Industries Minister said.

Road development plans

The current sewer drain system in the city is sufficient to carry only 2cm rain. When it rains more, there is water logging in the city. “Last year, it rained 40 cm,” he said. The Government has drawn up plans to modernise the sewer lines with an estimated outlay of Rs 13,000 crore, the minister said adding that good infrastructure was pre-requisite for Hyderabad to be a global city.

The Government has formed a special purpose vehicle- Strategic Road Development Plan with an outlay of Rs 3,000 crore. Among others, the government has planned four new expressways- Nallakunta to Ramanathapur (Rs 250 crore), Uppal to Narapally in Ghatkesar mandal (Rs 900 crore), Paradise to Kompally and one more from Jubilee Bus Station towards Shamirpet. Since the last two go through defence areas, the State Government has been in talks with the Defence ministry seeking land for the projects. This apart, a previous proposal for an expressway from Balanagar towards Narsapur road will be revived.

The city road network was about 9,000 km. The Government has decided to take up white topping of 290km roads. Power, telecom cables and pipeline network will be taken up through ducts to ensure that the roads are not dug up. With complaints pouring on the quality of roads, the contractors will be responsible for maintenance of the roads for seven years. “The results of these plans will be visible in two years,” he said.

Core city development

An elevated corridor, a suspension bridge and a tunnel are being taken up in the Durgam Cheruvu vicinity. The Government has also embarked on Musi river beautification project. The Phase I works will be taken up with an outlay of Rs 1,600 crore. Several townships are coming up in the outskirts. This will help development happen in the periphery, he said adding that the Government is keen on implementing one lakh units under the 2BHK scheme and tenders for the same will be called soon.

Gram Panchayats to be merged:

Several Gram Panchayats on the city outskirts will be merged with the GHMC gradually. Government will deal sternly with builders who are not following the set procedures. “The Government has data on construction activity happening in the periphery and could initiate action on violations,” he said asking the builders to adopt self-regulation and adhere to norms relating to parking, sewage and other amenities. Land records are being streamlined, he said.