Rs 60K crore for Hyderabad Metro expansion

Hyderabad: The State Cabinet on Monday approved the massive expansion of Hyderabad Metro Rail with an infusion of Rs 60,000 crore.

The project is to be expanded towards the highways heading to Nagpur, Warangal, Mahbubnagar, Vijayawada and Bengaluru, in three to four years. The Cabinet cleared a proposal to lay a Metro Rail line all along the 159-km Outer Ring Road, which would not need for land acquisition.

The Cabinet also approved a resolution urging the Centre to utilise the Hakimpet Air Force Station (AFS) for civilian purposes along with defence purpose as was being done in Goa and Pune, since Hyderabad needed a second airport due to the heavy traffic at the Shamshabad airport. The Cabinet also approved a resolution urging Centre to speed up the setting up of the airport in Mamnoor, Warangal.

Municipal minister K.T.Rama Rao said the decisions were intended to make Hyderabad a global city by creating world class public transport and infrastructure facilities.

He said two of the routes, Jubilee bus station to Tumkunta and Patny to Kandlakoya, would pass through the military area and defence land would have to be acquired for the purpose, and the government will pursue the issue with the Centre.

He said the government would seek financial assistance from the Centre from the Metro Rail expansion. If it was not forthcoming, the state would build it on its own.

"If the Centre rejects funds to Telangana, we strongly believe that there will be a coalition government at the Centre in 2024 in which BRS will be a key player," Rama Rao said.

The Cabinet also approved setting up eight government medical colleges in eight districts which were not covered so far. "With this, Telangana became the only state to have one government medical college in every district," Rama Rao said.

Metro Rail Gen. 3

- After the 72-km Metro Rail and the proposed Airport Metro, the State Cabinet has approved a massive expansion of the network.

- Towards Nagpur highway Metro Rail will be expanded from Patny to the ORR at Kandlakoya. It will be a double-layer project a flyover for vehicles, and a second layer for Metro Rail.

- Godavarikani route: Metro Rail and flyover corridor proposed from Jubilee bus station to Tumkunta.

- Metro Rail connectivity proposed from Isnapur to Miyapur and later from Miyapur to Lakdikapul.

- Vijayawada route: LB Nagar to Pedda Amberpet

- Warangal route: Uppal to Bibinagar; new line connecting Uppal and ECIL crossroads.

- Bengaluru highway: Metro Rail to be extended from Shamshabad to Shadnagar via Kothur.

- Metro line to be extended from Shamshabad to Kandukur, to connect Hyderabad Pharma City.

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