Hyderabad, July 18 (INN): Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Dr. S K Joshi reviewed the progress of Hyderabad Metro Rail project and MMTS Phase-II works today at Metro Rail Bhavan.
Making a detailed presentation, HMR MD NVS Reddy informed him that despite heavy rains, Metro Rail works are progressing with good speed and that all necessary monsoon precautions have been taken to protect the work sites from heavy rains. Indicating that 823 foundations, 655 piers (pillars) and 201 span lengths have been completed so far, he has informed that the first section of Nagole – Mettuguda (8 km) will be completed in all respects by the end of December 2014 and that with the approval of Commissioner of Railway Safety, this section will be opened for commuter traffic in March 2015 as Ugadi gift. The Depot works at Uppal and Miyapur are also progressing at brisk pace, the progress being 80 per cent and 40 per cent respectively, he added.
MD, HMR has informed the Principal Secretary that another major scheme is being prepared for creation of about 200 skywalks, quality public space at Metro Rail stations with street furniture, bicycle stations, bicycle tracks, footpaths and other pedestrian facilities in the Metro Corridors as a part of the Urban Redesign programme to make Hyderabad a global destination and an eco-friendly green city.
Appreciating the Urban Redesign approach and inter-modal transportation integration efforts by HMR, Principal Secretary Dr. Joshi advised NVS Reddy to bring in the latest technologies for the convenience of the commuters and to introduce a common ticket for all modes of transport in coordination with the Railway and RTC authorities.
Additional Commissioner GHMC, Ronald Ross and Chief Project Manager, Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd P Srinivas made presentations regarding the progress of MMTS Phase-II. They have informed that tenders are in advanced stage of finalisation for selecting contract agencies to execute MMTS Phase-II.
Dr. Joshi has advised senior officers of SC Railway to prepare a Detailed Project Report for MMTS Phase-II to assess the traffic potential, expected earnings and innovative methods to make the system viable on the lines of Metro Rail initiatives. He has requested NVS Reddy, who incidentally completed MMTS Phase-I as its Project Director to guide the Railway and the GHMC officials in upgrading MMTS Phase-II to Metro standards.
Earlier during the day, NVS Reddy held a meeting with N Sambasiva Rao, Director General, Fire Services and other senior officers of Fire Services department and L&TMRHL to review the fire safety measures being incorporated at Metro Rail facilities such as depots, stations and commercial buildings being developed as a part of the Metro project. MD, HMR has agreed to the request of DG Fire Services to spare some land at Uppal and Miyapur depots to build two state of the art new fire stations.
Appreciating the latest fire protection equipment, gadgets and practices being planned for the Metro Rail facilities, Sambasiva Rao has requested NVS Reddy and L&TMRHL engineers to provide additional facilities at Metro depots and stations to cater to any fire mishaps in other buildings nearer to the Metro corridors.