The much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail project is on track, with 170 pillars being erected in the three proposed corridors. The entire equipment, including sophisticated gadgets, is in place to ensure that the work progresses without any hassles. Modern machinery is being used for heavy tasks, including construction of pillars, cutting of steel etc. The Metro project is intended to address the traffic woes of the city which is bursting at the seams. The project has been taken up in public- private partnership mode. After having crossed several obstacles and initial hiccups, the Rs 14000-crore ventures are now slowly taking a final shape. The three main divisions of this project are the Nagole- Shilparamam, Jubilee Bus Station- Falaknuma and Uppal-Miyapur routes.
The total distance covered is about 72 km. The authorities are planning to complete the segment from Uppal to Mettuguda and from Ameerpet to Miyapur in the first phase. The first route is about eight km and the second one is about 14 km. L&T is working on a war-footing to make the project happen on schedule. The preparatory work on the segments has picked up momentum. An automatic steel cutting bending plant was set up at the Uppal casting depot, after acquiring the land. Municipal Minister Maheedhar Reddy assured farmers whose lands had been acquired that they would be compensated and that plots would be allotted to them.
“We must see that this prestigious project as a jewel in the crown of our city. This will find our city in international map. The opposing forces are silent now. This project will definitely
serve every citizen of the city,” said Maheedhar Reddy. He said that even though the stipulated period was five years, the government was determined to complete it within four years. This Uppal casting yard is the biggest of its kind in the country. All of the modern machinery has been assembled here. The designs required for the pillar construction can be done with the help of computer programming. These machines can finish a given task in minutes, while it takes hours by 100 expert laborers. Metro project MD SVS Reddy said that latest technology was being used for the project.
“The casting yard has been set up in 75 acres. This is the second yard in the city. To speed up the work, L&T people have set up the second one. All the modern machines are deployed here to see that the work progress faster by minimising the wastage,” Reddy, said. As things stand, with latest technology and government’s strong determination at work, Metro Rail could see the light of the day ahead of schedule.