18 July 2013

Master plan for Hyderabad Metro Rail expansion

The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) will jointly develop a Master Plan for the future Metro Rail extensions and new corridors in the extended HMDA limits keeping in view the future needs of the fast-expanding Twin Cities.

This is being done at the behest of Chief Secretary P K Mohanty. He has told HMR Managing Director NVS Reddy and HMDA Commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad that they should integrate the Metro Rail, Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS), Main Rail, National and State highways and major bus depots and adopt the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) approach as per the best global practices.
Speaking to Express here on Tuesday, Reddy said that the HMR-HMDA joint master plan would ensure that there was no problem in acquiring the necessary land/properties while extending the Metro Rail services to areas where there was a public demand.

He said that presently the population of Hyderabad city was around 80 lakh and it was bound to go up to 1.90 crore by 2041 AD.  Keeping this in view, there wasneed to have a master plan for  the Metro Rail expansion/extension.

The HMR proposes to prepare the master plan on heavy traffic routes like Miyapur to Patencheru via BHEL (12.5 km), Jubilee Bus Station Secunderabad to Alwal (6.5 km), JNTU to Shilparamam via Gachibowli (14 km), Nagole to L B Nagar (4 km), Nampally Lakadi-ka-pul Mehdipatnam via Gachibowli connecting via Old Mumbai Road to Miyapur (16 km), Tarnaka to ECIL X-Roads (7 km), Falaknuma to Shamshabad Airport (13.5 km) or Raidurg via Gachibowli through Outer Ring Road (ORR) connecting to International Airport, East-West Coastline from Moosarambagh to Bapu Ghat near Langer House along the shorelines of River Musi, L B Nagar to Vanasthalipuram via Hayathnagar through ORR.

Presently, the HMR in association L&T Metro Rail Limited is constructing three corridors spanning a length of approximately 72 km in Phase-I.  They are: Corridor I - Miyapur to LB Nagar (29 km); Corridor II - JBS to Falaknuma (15 km); and, Corridor III - Nagole to Shilparamam (28 km).

Metro Rail Phase-I:

Indian Express

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