Hyderabad Metro update

The long-awaited Metro rail will become operational by the end of this year. Municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao said that the Miyapur-LB Nagar Metro corridor (29 km) and the Nagole-Raidurg Metro corridor (29 km) will be opened to the public by December-end.The minister was, however, silent on the Jubilee Bus Station (JBS)-Falaknuma corridor covering a distance of 15 km.

The Metro rail project began in April 2012 and a major portion of the work on Miyapur-LB Nagar and Nagole-Raidurg corridors has been completed. Earlier, it was expected that the Metro would be operational by June 2, the day Telangana state was formed.

Traffic woes in Hyderabad are likely to ease with the launch of the Metro.

Work on the 72 km Metro rail project--it includes the JBS-Falaknuma corridor II--began in June 2012 and was to be completed in five years.Till February, about 78% of work had been completed. As per the concessionaire agreement signed between Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd and Larsen & Toubro in 2010, the entire project was to be completed by June 2017. While the project cost was Rs.12,132 crore when the agreement was signed, it was revised to Rs.16,375 crore.

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