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The Telangana government may well have decided not to tinker with the Metro rail alignment in two of the three sites where it was keen on changes, but the purported change in Old City post MGBS (Imlibun) continues to remain a suspense.
The ruling party’s ally, All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), has sought alignment changes from Darulshifa, Alizakotla, Haribowli onwards to Falaknuma after crossing the bus station at Imlibun overhead for Corridor Two – JBS to Falaknuma.
The distance is about 4.2 kilometre from MGBS, but it means having to build the viaduct through the densely populated areas. Over 1,000 properties are likely to be affected besides 35 religious structures.
But, this is precisely Metro rail’s mandate, insist senior Metro officials, declining to be identified.
“Metro rails are designed to be built into densely populated areas to provide modern public transport to the people. If it is allowed to go into Old City, it will only help rejuvenate the area. We will also be taking the line some distance away from prominent monuments,” they said.
The proposed change, if it happens, means Charminar, Shalibanda and Shamsheerganj would not have Metro stations.
Instead, the new stations may have to come up at Muslim Jung, Bahadurpura, Zoo Park, Kalapathar and Misrigunj, an extra distance of 3.2 km for which the Government would have to pick the tab.
“It is not just the extra distance that has to be covered, the proposed change in the route will force us to lay piers (metro pillars) on the Musi riverbed. The foundations will have to be extra reinforced because of the loose soil and depth, escalating the cost, and more technical studies will have to be made,” explained senior Metro engineers.
In the meantime, L&T Metro rail officials have claimed that 75 per cent of the shopping space in their fast upcoming commercial complex at Punjagutta has been booked and things are looking up in two other major commercial complexes coming up at Erramanzil and Hi-Tec City.
“The construction is proceeding at a brisk space and we are planning to commission them in phases next year (2016). We have had a good response from the market and we have managed to tie up with major national and international brands as anchor customers,” said senior officials.
Work is also expected to commence shortly in the next phase of ‘Hyderabad Next’ – a name given to L&TMRH’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project, at other locations like Moosarambagh and Raidurg.
From: The Hindu