The first phase of nearly 72-km elevated metro project is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Ahead of inauguration Congress claims credit for Hyd Metro Rail TRS hits back
news Politics Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 07:54

Leaders of the Congress and the TRS in Telangana lashed out against each other, to claim credit for the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR), which is due to be flagged off on November 28 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking to mediapersons on Sunday, Telangana Congress President N Uttam Kumar Reddy dubbed it an “achievement of Congress”.

Hitting out against the TRS, which he claimed did not make any contribution to the project, Uttam said it was a case of ‘hard work for caterpillar, publicity for butterfly’.

He also heaped praises on then chief minister (of undivided Andhra Pradesh) YS Rajasekhara Reddy, crediting his efforts to flag off the project. 

Congress spokesperson Dr. Sravan Dasoju also pointed out that several parts of the Metro Rail, including the Nagole to Mettuguda stretch and the Miyapur to SR Nagar stretch, were almost ready by August, 2014.

However, he alleged that the TRS government deliberately delayed the project, so it could take credit.

Hitting back, state Animal Husbandry Minister T Srinivas Yadav spoke to media persons on Monday.

“I could not understand your claim. Yesterday, you made some noise. What for? (You say) it is a project done by us. Ok. Because, you had governments then. You could not do even proper planning,” he was quoted as saying.

He also said that the Congress only completed 15% of the total work of the HMR.

“After coming to power, the TRS government completed the remaining 85 per cent of the work by resolving litigations including acquisition of land at 1,200 places to facilitate construction of Metro Rail. Are these not achievements of the TRS government?" Yadav asked.

The first phase of nearly 72-km elevated metro project is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

People can hop on to the world-class metro from Wednesday when 30-km stretch from Nagole to Miyapur will be thrown open for commercial operations.

The stretch with 24 stations covers several busy clusters and city landmarks, including the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Osmania University, Secunderabad Railway Station and major commercial hubs like Begumpet and Ameerpet.

The original construction period ended in July but due to the delay the government granted 17-month extension.


IANS inputs

Show us some love and support our journalism by becoming a TNM Member - Click here.