The Hyderabad Metro Rail launch postponed, which the people have been eagerly awaiting, will not happen on March 21, the Ugadi day, as was reported in these columns a few days ago.
Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited authorities have now indicated that the Metro Rail would become operational only after the completion of entire project.
Metro Rail MD N V S Reddy confirmed on Monday that the Metro Rail was not going to be inaugurated on the Telugu New Year day, Ugadi on March 21 as promised earlier.
The MD said, “Even though first stretch is completed, we are not inaugurating it for some reasons. The eight-km stretch is not feasible and this was the main reason for not starting the project.”
Aimed at decreasing the traffic woes of the denizens, the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project is being built at a cost of Rs 14,132 crore by the construction giant L&T and the first stretch (8 km stretch from Nagole to Mettuguda) was planned to be operational by Ugadi.
The Metro Rail MD said that studies proved that it would be better to take up further construction and good to open at one time. The HMR authorities also put off plans to start another stretch between Miyapur to S R Nagar, which was supposed to be started on August 15 as an Independence Day gift for the people of the city.
The MD said that they would again review the situation after a few months and would discuss on the inauguration part.
Source: Metro India