Hyderabad Metro Rail Project may get extended for 2 years


    Metro rail project of Hyderabad gets delayed as the work is incomplete. The deadline for the metro rail project is about to end in few months and nearly a quarter of the work is incomplete.

    Telangana Government is under consideration to extend the metro rail project for one year to two years. The deadline extension is, also, to unresolved issues such as metro rail alignment in the old city and cost escalation.

    The Telangana state government is in talks with Hyderabad Metro Rail(HMR) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on whether the deadline extension should be one year or two years.

    With reference from TOI, Chief Secretary S P Singh said that the project developer requested the government for a continuation of schedule and it is under consideration. It will be discussed in the metro rail task force meeting in a couple of days and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will take a final decision.

    Sources said the government has no problem in giving extension as long as it does not result in the financial burden on them.

    Work on the 72-KM metro rail project began in June 2012 and was supposed to be completed in five years, that is June 2017. As of now, about 78% of the work has been finalized.

    Some of the reasons for the delay in the project include the government not providing the right of way in several stretches due to issues in land acquisition.

    An official in the municipal administration department said “It will take a minimum of 10 months to one year to complete the pending works. Two years are required if the old city alignment is finalized. Over 1000 properties need to be acquired in the old city for the project.”