HYDERABAD: The Telangana government has proposed three changes in the alignment of the Hyderabad Metro rail project, it was officially announced here on Tuesday.
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who held a meeting on the issue of changes to the alignment, reiterated that the government’s intention is to complete the Metro rail project without affecting places of worship or heritage structures in the city.
Changes proposed by the government would be officially communicated to the project developer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on Wednesday, the release said.
These changes in alignment were recently discussed during a meeting attended by L&T’s chairman AM Naik where Rao expressed the need to make changes to the alignment at three places and agreed to meet the additional costs.
The chief minister held the review on Tuesday to firm up the proposed changes to which L&T has agreed.
MIM floor leader in the Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi who attended the meeting, submitted the proposals for alignment changes in the old city. The changes would be made in front of the Assembly building, Badi Chowdi-Sultan Bazar and in the Old City. The Metro rail should go behind the Legislative Assembly building so that the sanctity of the Assembly is protected. A second change has proposed at Sultan Bazar where the chief minister favoured a different route which goes behind the women’s college, from Badichowdi, to reach Imblibun.
In the Old City, it is likely to pass along the banks of Musi river instead of the congested Darulshifa-Mir Alam Mandi road where 35 places of worship are located. After traversing along Musi from Salarjung bridge to Bahadurpura, the route can reach Falaknuma through Katedan. Chief secretary Rajiv Sharma, principal secretary to chief minister S Narasing Rao, HMR managing director NVS Reddy and others were present at the meeting.
L&T Chairman all Praise for CM
Meanwhile, group executive chairman of L&T, AM Naik in a letter addressed to the chief minister described him as a visionary and a dynamic person. Naik said that it is always with the untiring efforts of visionaries like the chief minister that progress can be made with long term planning. L&T is extremely keen to join hands with the government in its vision of development of the state in all the sectors. He also invited the chief minister to visit their world-class manufacturing facility at Hazira near Surat.