Metro Railway : Extension of one more year likely

Metro Railway : Extension of one more year likely

With the deadline for completing the metro project ending in a few months it looks as if the date is going to be extended again as nearly a quarter of the work is incomplete.

The State government is consulting the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) if the deadline extension should be for one year or two year. Sources said the government has no problem in giving an extension as long as it does not result in financial burden on them or prolonging of the concession period (35 years) given to the developer to run the service.

Work was supposed to be completed in five years, that is around June 2017, on the 72-km metro rail project which began in June 2012.

The reason for the dealy in the project are because the government could not provide the Right of Way in several stretches due to issues in land acquisition.Also . There was also opposition from traders at Sultan Bazaar, which got resolved subsequently.

"It will take a minimum of 10 months to one year to complete the pending works. Two years are required if the Old City alignment is finalized. Over 1,000 properties need to be acquired in the Old City for the project," according to sources in GHMC.

L&T has been asking for extension of project schedule by 18 months for the past one