HYDERABAD: In order to have a first hand experience of a journey in the metro rail as well as to study the technical aspects of the rail system, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu took a ride in Delhi metro from Shivaji Stadium station to Delhi airport on Saturday.
On way back from one day tour of Delhi, Naidu took a ride in the Delhi Metro ahead of his plans to promote similar metro rails at Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.
Since Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) is looking after the planning and construction activities of metro rail in AP, Naidu chose Delhi metro rail to study various aspects of this new-age transit system. “I have been thinking of having a ride in the Delhi metro. At last, today I found time to travel in the metro rail,” Naidu said.
Metro rails were the future mode of fast passenger transportation as it saved time but also cuts pollution, he said.
The chief minister further said his government would ensure that the proposed metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam would be built with world-class standards.
“I will visit other metro rail networks, which are best across the world, to emulate their models and technical standards in the construction of metro rail projects in AP.
I have plans to join prominent cities in AP with bullet and high-speed trains,” Naidu said.
Accompanied by Union minister of state for Science and Technology YS Chowdary and Delhi Metro officials, Naidu took this brief ride on the Delhi metro.
Metro Rail in Vizag, Vijayawada by 2019
DMRC director Sharma said the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for the proposed metro rail projects in Vijayawada and Vizag were being readied. “The DMRC will submit the DPRs to the state government in April second week,” he added.
According to him, the first phase of both Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam metro rail projects would be completed by 2019. “Vijayawada will have a 25-km metro rail from Jawaharlal Nehru Bus Station to Penamaluru in the first phase,” he disclosed.
According to him, so far there had been no clarity on the possibility of extending the metro rail network to the new capital, which would come up at Tullur.