Hyderabad airport metro: CM Revanth Reddy asks officials to prepare alternative route plans

Revanth also instructed the HMRL MD to plan Metro Rail connectivity to Pharma City from the airport area via Tukkuguda on Srisailam Road.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Dec 14, 2023 | 7:20 AMUpdatedDec 14, 2023 | 7:20 AM

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy at a review meeting in Hyderabad on Wednesday, 13 December, 2023.

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Wednesday, 13 December, ordered officials to keep the Airport Metro Alignment Plan on hold.

He also asked them to quickly prepare alternative routes to the airport from MGBS-Falaknuma and LB Nagar via Chandrayangutta.

He also directed the managing director (MD) of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) to prepare cost-effective alternatives to undertake the route via Mailardevpally, Jalpally, and P7 Road; or via Barkas-Pahadishareef and Srisailam Road.

He also said that if a straight line could save costs, it could cut across the open areas of the airport premises as the entire land belonged to the government.

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The CM’s vision

The chief minister, during a review meeting on metro connectivity to the airport, said he felt that the alignment on that line was skewed.

He added there was no need for the metro to run parallel to the ring road, which was anyway providing excellent connectivity.

He also said that on top of it, the airport metro was finalised to run through the catchment area of major water bodies, as detailed by Government Order (GO) 111.

He said that since a major part of the city’s population was in central and eastern parts and the Old City, priority should have been given to taking the Airport Metro through that area from MGBS-Falaknuma and from the LB Nagar area, to serve a vast majority of the common people.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the way several benefits were handed out to L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited despite the non-completion of the 5.5-km stretch in the Old City, he directed the senior officers to get the entire matter investigated.

He also urged the concession agreement of L&T MRHL and that of GMR Airport and the supplementary concession agreement of Metro Rail to be thoroughly examined to protect the government’s interests.

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More changes incoming?

At the meeting, the chief minister also emphasised the need for developing the city equally in all directions.

“Hyderabad has tremendous potential to be a global city with no geographical limitations. Urbanisation is taking place very fast and Hyderabad should be planned in accordance with the future needs of the state,” said Revanth.

“There is a need for creating satellite townships all along the Outer Ring Road (ORR). Metro Rail has to play an important role in providing affordable and fast connectivity to these satellite townships,” he added.

He also advised the senior officers to plan for an environmentally friendly mega township on the huge tracts of lands acquired for Pharma City near Kandukur. He opined that the polluting Pharma City should not be near to Hyderabad.

The chief minister also instructed the HMRL MD to plan for Metro Rail connectivity to this new megacity from the airport area via Tukkuguda on Srisailam Road.

He said that his government strikes a balance between welfare schemes and development and directed the senior officers to come up with a master plan for the city, including beautification of the Musi river and making the right of the way available along its banks to plan for east-west road-cum-Metro Rail connectivity from Nagole to Gandipet, duly connecting the intercity MGBS bus terminal.

He also advised the senior officers to think big to exploit Hyderabad’s potential to be a logistics and medical hub between the Western and Gulf countries on one hand and Southeast Asia on the other. He also instructed them to plan for a dry port, since Telangana is a landlocked state.