Hyderabad Metro: Government awaiting word from PMO for metro rail opening

The project has several firsts to its credit

As the date for the launch of the first phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail is fast approaching, the State government is waiting for an official communication from the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the inauguration of the prestigious project.

The government is keen on inauguration of the project by the Prime Minister as the Hyderabad Metro Rail had several firsts to its credit.

The project has set a record as the biggest project in public-private partnership mode in the railways sector.

Municipal Administration Minister K. T. Rama Rao said the first phase of the project spanning 30 km between Nagole and Miyapur was the longest of its kind in the country as similar projects in other States were launched over much shorter distances.

“We are keen that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurate the project since it has several firsts to its credit. There is no official communication from the Prime Minister’s Office as yet,” he told the Legislative Assembly.

The project between Nagole and Miyapur was complete in stretches last year itself, but the government wanted an end-to-end solution to commuters on the 30-km stretch.

The number of trains required for the project was estimated at 57 and all of them had already arrived in the State.

“In fact, the Chief Minister had sent two trains to Nagpur on the request of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who asked for assistance in bridging the shortfall in their project,” Mr. K.T. Rama Rao said.

The project agreement was signed in 2012 with a time line of 5 years for its completion and the project was on track of completion after the initial delays.

Work on the project was surveyed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation which expressed satisfaction over the progress.

Source: The Hindu