Hyderabad: Land acquisition for the Hyderabad Metro Rail has been completed successfully despite all the odds.
The government has acquired 269 acres required for the project and has handed over 267 acres to L&T.
The remaining two acres have been kept on hold due to a pending court case. The project works are expected to pick up pace further with the completion of land acquisition.
Of the total 267 acres handed over to builder L&T, 212 acres are earmarked for three Metro depots located in Uppal, Miyapur and Falaknuma.
The remaining 57 acres are allotted to build 66 Metro rail stations along the three Metro corridors. “We have spent Rs 900 crore on land acquisition.
Of this, Rs 425 crore has been given to the GHMC to take up road-widening to ensure smooth progress of Metro works on congested stretches,” said N.V.S. Reddy, managing director, HMR.
Around 1,800 properties, along the three corridors, were demolished to take up road widening. On an average, a compensation of Rs 40 lakh to Rs 50 lakh was paid to acquire these properties. This includes controversial properties in Sultan Bazaar, Chaderghat, Dhobighat etc.
“The property acquisition is almost over. About 40 more properties need to be acquired. This process is likely to be completed soon. This will pave way for the launch of Metro works in all the corridors,” Reddy added....