Telangana Govt Proposes To Expand Hyderabad Metro With 26 Km Long New Line Between BHEL And Lakdikapul, Urges Centre To Sanction Rs 8453 Crore
The BHEL-Lakdikapul metro rail corridor is expected to pass through Madinaguda, Kondapur, Hitec city, Raidurg, Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki and Masab tank areas.
Telangana state government has asked the union government to fund its proposal to expand the Hyderabad Metro network with a 26 km long metro rail corridor from BHEL to Lakdikapul.
In a letter to Union Minister for Urban Affairs Hardeep Sngh Puri, Telangana’s Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) Minister K T Rama Rao asked for inclusion of Hyderabad metro’s phase-2 expansion in Union Budget 2023-24.
Phase-2 covers 31 km of expansion with two components. Major part of it is a 26 km long corridor with 23 stations from BHEL in north-western Hyderabad to Lakdikapul in central part of the city. Other components include a five km connecting link with four stations from Nagole to LB Nagar.
This expansion works are estimated to cost Rs 8,453 crore.
According to the letter by minister KTR, to fast track the process, the state government has sent the detailed project report (DPR) of this project prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and other related documents to the union ministry on 27th October.
If taken up, this phase-2 expansion provides more metro rail connectivity in the rapidly developing western part of the city.
The BHEL-Lakdikapul corridor is expected to pass through Madinaguda, Kondapur, Hitec city, Raidurg, Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki and Masab tank areas.
At present, Hyderabad’s metro rail network spans over 69 km with three corridors criss-crossing the main city. Also, it is the world’s largest metro rail project in public private partnership (PPP) mode.
Telangana politics is witnessing a tough battle between the ruling TRS and growing BJP. With state assembly elections scheduled to be held in November 2023, there are expectations that BJP led union government will announce funding for the metro rail expansion plans in Hyderabad.