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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2 metro rail stations quietly shifted

The Hyderabad Metro Rail project which is dogged by various problems is staring at yet another hitch with civil society raising concerns that the location of two stations at Jubilee Hills checkpost and Yousufguda checkpost are in violation of the original designs. The concern is that the changes will make it difficult for both the metro passengers and road users passing by these stations.

Coming up with three corridors covering 71.16 km, the ongoing metro project is designed to have 27 stations each separated by a minimum distance of one kilometre. According to the detailed project report (DPR) agreed upon by the state government and project concessionaire Larsen & Toubro, a metro station was to come up on the road median, opposite the blood bank near Jubilee Hills checkpost. Another station at Yusufguda was to come up near Mahmood apartments.However, without any explanations, these two stations are be ing constructed on different locations causing disquiet among citizen groups.

Instead of the designated location, the Jubilee Hills station is coming on Road No 36 just after the traffic signal. Construction work of the Yusufguda station is going on with the station located just before Yusufguda checkpost from the Madhuranagar side. “Locations of the stations have been arbitrarily changed. While the move is against law as it violates the DPR based on which the concessionaire agreement has been signed between the government and L&T, the new locations are in no way helpful in ensuring quality service and amenities for commuters,“ said prof C Ramachandraiah, a social scientist leading the forum Citizens For A Better Public Transport.

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