Hyderabad Metro to be developed as a roll model-C.M.
Chief Minister Dr.K.Rosaiah who is camping in New Delhi
said that the proposed Metro Rail Project in Hyderabad would be developed as a
roll model in the country and it would be of world class. He said that the
problems encountered in the 1st phase as well as the good practices and
experiences of the Delhi Metro Rail project would be kept in mind while taking
up the Hyderabad Metro. Larsen & Toubro, the lowest bidder has a very good
reputation globally and we will try to complete the Hyderbad Metro project on
schedule, the Chief Minister said.
Accompanied by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation directors
Mr.Mangu Singh (Director,Works) and Mr.Raj Kumar (Director, Operations) and
other senior officials, the Chief Minister has visited Delhi Metro system today
to have a feel of the facilities and commuter experience.
The Chief Minister travelled by Delhi Metro Rail from
Central Secretariat to Rajiv Chowk in underground, from Rajiv Chowk to
Ramakrishna Asram Marg on elevated bridge and from Ramakrishna Asram Marg to
Patel Chowk both on elevated and underground. Chief Minister also visited Delhi
Metro Rail Exhibition after de- boarding at Patel Chowk Metro station and
addressed the media.
The Chief Minister said that Hyderabad is one of the
fastest expanding cities and traffic congestion continues to be one of the
bottlenecks for its quick development since it is now regarded as one of the
international cities. He said it is one of the most prestigious projects of the
State Government and is very particular to complete it right on schedule.
Hyderabad Metro Rail is a totally elevated Metro system
with state of the art features including foolproof signaling system; air
conditioned coaches, stations with escalators and lifts, and air conditioned
feeder bus services to provide a comfortable and seamless travel facility for
Conveying the wide acclaim by national and international
investors over the transparent bid process and the happiness of the people of
Andhra Pradesh about the outcome, Chief Minister Dr.K.Rosaiah thanked UPA
Chairperson Mrs.Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minisiter Dr.Manmohan Singh, Urban
Development Minister Mr.S.Jaipal Reddy, Finance Minister Mr.Pranab Mukherjee and
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mr.Montek Singh Ahluwalia for their
encouragement, guidance and Central financial support by sanctioning viability
gap funding of Rs.2,363 crore for the project.
The successful bid process of Hyderabad Metro has come for
special appreciation during the National Development Council meeting in Delhi.
Several Chief Ministers went over to Dr.K.Rosaiah and congratulated him on the
success. They have indicated that Hyderabad Metro will become the role model for
other Indian cities.
With a resolve to build Hyderabad Metro to global standards
in a time bound manner, the Chief Minister is personally monitoring the
preparatory activities of the project for commencing the ground works by January
2011. He has also instructed the officials to take all precautions to minimize
inconvenience to road users during the construction period.
A three member Evaluation Committee consisting of Hyderabad
Metro Rail MD Mr.N.V.S.Reddy, Water Board MD Mr. M.Jagadeeshwar and Finance
Secretary Mr.T.Satyanarayana Rao has since evaluated the financial bids and
submitted it’s recommendations to the government. After examination by Law and
Finance departments, the Committee’s recommendations will be placed in the next
cabinet meeting for awarding the project to the lowest bidder.
Apart from providing a permanent solution for the traffic
congestion and high pollution levels in the city, the project will generate
mammoth economic activity in and around Hyderabad. It will provide employment
for about 5,000 engineers and about 45,000 skilled and unskilled workers. The
Chief Minister hoped that with a requirement of about 26 lakh tonnes of cement,
2 lakh tonnes of steel and 58 lakh cubic meters of concrete, the project will
result in establishment of many ancillary industries and machinery manufacturing
and servicing units around Hyderabad, giving fillip to developmental activities
in various parts of Telangana region.
The Rs.12,132 crore Hyderabad Metro Rail project covers
three high density traffic corridors of Hyderabad spanning over 71km (1) Miyapur-LB
Nagar (28.87 km); (2) JBS-Falaknuma (14.78 km); & (3) Nagole-Shilparamam (27.51
km). The Project has been undertaken by Government to address the increasing
traffic congestion and pollution levels in the city.
As the previous
Concessionaire, Maytas Metro Ltd., failed to achieve Financial Closure by the
due date, the Concession Agreement with it was terminated by Government in July
2009. The bid security of Rs.60 crore along with Rs.11 crore paid by them was
forfeited and global bids were invited through fresh pre-qualification. Six
pre-qualified companies/consortia, viz., Larsen & Toubro Ltd; Lanco Infratech
Ltd – OHL Concesiones (Spain) consortium; Reliance Infrastructure - Reliance
Infocomm consortium; Essar – Leighton (Australia) – Gayatri – VNR consortium;
Transstroy - OJSC Transstroy (Russia) - CR 18 (China) - BEML consortium; & Soma
– Strabag AG (Austria) consortium purchased the bid documents and three of them
participated in financial bids which were opened on July 14, 2010. Larsen &
Toubro has become the lowest bidder, seeking a grant of Rs.1,458 crore. While
the second lowest bidder Transstroy led consortium sought a grant of Rs.2,200
crore, the third bidder Reliance (ADAG) sought a grant of Rs.2,991 crore.