VISAKHAPATNAM: Accelerating the Visakhapatnam metro rail works, a team of geotechnical engineers from Jaipur is expected to arrive in the city this week to inspect the three proposed metro corridors and conduct soil tests.
As per the government’s metro rail project plan, three corridors would be constructed in the city - Madhurawada to NAD Junction, Park Hotel to Thatichetlapalem and Gurudwara Junction to Old Post Office. Apart from soil tests, the engineers’ team would take up topography, traffic and household surveys in the coming days. After preparing the reports, the team would submit an overall survey report to the government to get its approval for beginning the project works.
Earlier, the metro rail officials said that they would undertake the survey in the first week of February. But then, since it is already March, a delay in the overall project is clearly expected.
Meanwhile, the government is racking its brains as to how to convince and seek the cooperation of residents of Jagadamba Junction, Poorna Market and few other busy areas, to vacate the places for undertaking the metro rail works, if required.
Also, the traffic menace is going to be a major problem for the authorities to take up the metro project. Under such circumstances, the city planning department of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation is seen busy preparing plans to handle the possible disputes.