HYDERABAD: Works pertaining to the Hyderabad Metro Rail
project will commence in March next year.
The state government is gearing up the official machinery
for acquisition of 269 acre land including 203 acres of private land required
for the project.
As part of preparatory work, the officials of HMR Limited
have started land acquisition and survey work including soil survey. The
project is expected to be completed in four years.
Of the 66-acre government land required, 28.5 acres have
already been handed over to the authorities concerned.
As against Rs 1,980 crore approved by the state government
for land acquisition, chief minister K Rosaiah has approved sanctioning of Rs
500 crore for the current financial year and directed the officials to release
Rs 119 crore immediately.
The officials said that the private lands will be acquired
in two or three months. Negotiations are on for acquiring 100 acres at Nagole
and 104 acres at Miyapur for construction of depots.
Minister for municipal administration and urban
development A Ramanarayana Reddy told reporters here today that nearly 130
structures will be removed along the three Metro Rail corridors proposed
between Miyapur-LB Nagar, Jubilee Bus Station-Falaknuma, and Nagole-Shilparamam
during the first phase. He said the government received some objections
pertaining to demolition of religious structures on these corridors
particularly the Jubilee Bus Station-Falaknuma route. “We are considering
various options to make alternative arrangements and holding discussions with
people. The issue will be resolved soon,” he said.
At a review meeting held at the Secretariat today, the
chief minister directed the officials of various departments to wotk in
coordination for timely completion of the project. He advised them not to
inconvenience the public with traffic problems.
Meanwhile, the L&T has commenced negotiations with the
banks for loans. It has already completed the traffic validation study and
started topographical survey, differential global position system (DGPS) and
geotechnical survey which are crucial for the project.
The government has also commenced selection of an
independent agency for quality inspection of the project.
Six companies have been selected after inviting bids and
one of them will be finalised at a meeting scheduled on December 14.