Owaisi seeks Metro rail extension to old city

Construction of the Metro corridor across Musi river, as it was claimed by officials, needed environmental clearance.

By Author   |   Published: 14th Mar 2018   12:52 am
Akbaruddin Owaisi
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Hyderabad: MIM floor leader in State Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi said on Tuesday that old city was yet to be free from power supply disruptions despite the fact that Telangana had emerged as a power surplus State.

Speaking on the Motion of Thanks on Governor ESL Narasimhan’s address, he said the power distribution system in the city should be modernised immediately. As against a requirement of over 1.20 lakh power transformers, some 80,000 to 90,000 transformers were working at present catering to about 35 lakh consumers in GHMC limits. Each transformer can take the load of 200 services and not more. Even the transformer repairs are taking much time.

He wanted transformer repair centre to be set up in old city in addition to the one at Erragadda in the city. Claiming that he was first to demand Metro Rail project in Hyderabad, he said agitation and persuasion of the MIM became instrumental for the implementation of the HMR in the city.

But the Hyderabad Metro rail was yet to be implemented in old city. The delay is being attributed to alignment related issues. Construction of the Metro corridor across Musi river, as it was claimed by officials, needed environmental clearance.

“Ham Ko chahiye Metro Train, aur Jaldi Chahiye,” stressed Owaisi. “We want trams also to be operated in old city. Trams should start from Sheikpet, go round the seven tombs, Golconda Fort and back to promote tourism,” he said.

He wanted the implementation of Charminar Pedestrian Project to be put on fast track. He also wanted the government to do something for rehabilitation of hawkers, bandi-walas and small vendors who will be displaced.

He wanted a bridge to be constructed across Musi connecting State Library point with Salar Jung Museum and use it as a market centre rehabilitating vendors.