KCR Effect : Metro Rail Cost Increases by 2000 CRS
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is going to alter the route of famous Hyderabad Metro Rail Project. This might delay the project finalization time and escalate the project cost by 2000 Crores following the suggestions of Telangana Chief Minister to create the project partially underground.
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L&T authorities to quit the works on Chaderghat – Khairtabad stretch which he wants to go underground instead of elevated corridor. Though the information could not be verified from formal sources, L&T is waiting for an official communication from the Telangana Government on KCR’s proposal.
L&T resources say that KCR’s offer was not practical due to technological reasons escalating the costs by over Rs 2,000 crore and entire project would be delayed by at least five years.
Chaderghat to Khairtabad stretch is of around 8 km’s as well as the HMR authorities will have install nearly 30 pillars per kilometre for the project. So far, almost 60 pillars have already been installed on the stretch at a price of over Rs 50-60 lakh each. If the project goes underground, the demolition of these pillars would price almost Rs 1 crore per pillar. To take themetro rail underground, the HMR authorities would have to dig the whole stretch 20-25 meters strong. The detail will be almost 30-35 meters at the stations. It will also need an place of 4-5 acres distance at the place to start of digging. The detail will be 30-40 meters near the railway tracks. Therefore, the digging of underground route for the metro train will be time consuming and costly affair. Further, the entire stretch of 8 KM will have to be close down for traffic to carryout digging.
The L&T and HMR authorities have written a letter to the Urban Development Department & Principal Secretary of Municipal Administration seeking clarification on the views expressed by the Chief Minister.