The ambitious metro rail project has entered another key phase with the L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad starting construction of its first station at Uppal. The station is expected to be ready by the end of this year. Work on pillars and erection of girders is going on simultaneously on various stretches of the metro rail in the city. The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) officials said the metro rail stations are designed on ‘Spine and Wing’ model where the station will be constructed on a single pillar unlike the Bangalore and Delhi metro stations where they are on three pillars. The pre-cast single pillars will not cause traffic congestion during or after the construction of stations. The pillars for the stations are being readied at metro rail casting yards. Of the total 66 stations that will be constructed in all the three corridors of the metro rail, eight will come up between Mettuguda and Nagole stretch which are likely to be completed by the end of this year and become operational by the end of the next year.
The L&T Metro Rail will construct 27 stations on Corridor I from L B Nagar to Miyapur, 16 on Corridor II from JBS to Falaknuma and 23 stations on Corridor III from Nagole to Shilparamam. Apart from the metro stations, three interchanging stations at Amberpet, MGBS and Parade Grounds will be constructed to facilitate the movement of passengers from one route to another. “Each station will be about 140 metres in length and 20 metres in width. Each station will have three levels, Ground, Ist level (concourse level) and IInd level (platform level). While the first level will have ticket counters, the second will have platforms. All the stations will be provided with staircases, escalators and lifts,” HMR managing director NVS Reddy said. The metro stations, besides being aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient, will be environmental and user-friendly. Various facilities for passengers and pedestrians from the road to the concourse or car parking and to the ticket counters and back would be provided apart from regular amenities like toilets, mineral water, first aid medical assistance and telephone facility is being provided at concourse level at all stations.