The present deadline of making the project fully operational is December 2018.

Two stretches of Hyderabad metro rail will be open to public by mid-2017 say officials
news News Monday, January 16, 2017 - 09:38

Telangana Chief Secretary SP Singh, along with a team of officials, carried out an inspection on Sunday of the Hyderabad Metro Rail stretch from Nagole to Begumpet.

Besides identifying gaps and checking security arrangements, the inspection also checked beautification work done, including repair of footpaths after construction work.

The officials also visited the Uppal depot's Operation Control Centre, which would be linked to the police's upcoming command centre in the city.

Reports stated that feeder bus services and bicycle stations would soon come up to ease traffic congestion and pollution in the Metro corridors, while skywalks connecting the overhead stations would also be built to improve pedestrian safety.

After the inspection it was announced that the two stretches of the Metro Rail  would be opened to the public later this year.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director NVS Reddy told reporters that eight kilometres between Nagole and Mettuguda and 12 kilometres between Miyapur and SR Nagar may commence commercial operations either on 'Ugadi' or June 2, Telangana state formation day.

This comes after a delay of several months in opening the two stretches for the public.

As per the concession agreement signed with the then government of united Andhra Pradesh in 2010, the entire project should have been completed by July 2017.

However, the date was later revised after issues of land acquisition.
 
Asked about the delay in launching the commercial operations, Reddy said 70 percent of the 72 km elevated project had been completed. 

Construction major Larsen & Toubro, which is developing the metro project, had earlier stated that it remained committed to the project and was making all efforts to complete it expeditiously.

The developer clarified that it is sticking to its deadline of making the project fully operational by December 2018.

Read - Never ending construction woes: Why the Hyderabad Metro Rail is plagued by delay



IANS inputs

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