Skywalks may flank Begumpet Metro Station

The station is wedged in a narrow area between the Begumpet flyover and private properties of Country Club and Nawab Bashir Yar Jung.

By Author  |  Published: 18th Nov 2016  9:17 pm
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Hyderabad Metro Rail in progress. Photo: Arrangement

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail Project is likely to have two skywalks on either ends of the Begumpet Metro Station, one landing on the Begumpet railway station side and the other near Greenland Junction.

The likelihood of the skywalks, which was initially not part of the original plan, gained strength after a high-level team appointed by the government, to suggest solutions for the site constraints at the Begumpet station, inspected the station here on Friday.

The team, comprising HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy, GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy and District Collector Rahul Bojja, is likely to recommend the skywalks, along with other suggestions to provide better connectivity with other modes of transport such as railways, buses and other feeder services.

The skywalks, NVS Reddy said, would facilitate easy access to the station for nearby educational institutions — Hyderabad Public School, Geetanjali School, St. Francis Womens’ College and other commercial complex — in the busy Begumpet.

The team was appointed given the fact that unlike other Metro stations, Begumpet station is wedged in a narrow area between the Begumpet flyover on one side and private properties of Country Club and Nawab Bashir Yar Jung on the other side. The HMRL had acquired 2,400 square yards for the station, combining 1,514 sq.yds of Country Club and 876 sq.yds of Nawab Bashir Yar Jun, which were acquired at a cost of Rs 33.95 crore.

All the entry, exit facilities to the station, including staircases, escalators and lifts, had to be squeezed into this little space. Thus, the Begumpet station is designed as a partly three-level ‘special station’ with provision of a mezzannine floor on both ends of the station below the concourse level, Reddy said, adding that enough ground space for future widening of the Kundanbagh road to 100 feet also had to be provided.