Metro Rail is set to get rid of all the beautification work done ahead of CoP-11. All the trees planted for the biodiversity conference are being uprooted along the HiTec City-Jubilee Hills stretch.
Hyderabad’s Metro Rail will soon begin erasing what little beautification the City has seen, now that the biodiversity hangover has passed. Preparation has begun along the Shilparamam to Nagole rail route plan, even as officials predict more changes along other beautified areas of the City along the Miyapur to LB Nagar route. The only rail route that remained unaffected was the JBS to Falaknuma rail route, which did not witness any beautification drive for the CoP.
All along the HiTec to Jubilee Hills stretch that covered Madhapur and Hitec City, black ficus trees and clay pots that were placed are being removed. The whole futile exercise has cost the GHMC Rs.10 crore for installation and maintenance. A total of 800 clay pots will also be removed shortly.
Metro authorities are yet to assign the budget for railroad works along this stretch. According to a sectional engineer in the HMR, “While all the catchment areas have been identified along the three corridors, work will begin only after estimation is made about the catchment areas that will have to be brought under the road widening plans. Furthermore, we have to wait for clearances from various other departments including R&B, GHMC and even the Southern Central Railway before the actual works begin.”
However, it is the proposed skywalk occupying everybody’s attention at the Secunderabad station which will intersect corridor 1 and corridor 3 — Falaknuma to JBS and Shilparamam to Nagole respectively. A joint venture between the HMRL and the GHMC, the proposed skywalk will cost an estimated Rs.7.2 crore. Supported on cantilever beams, the skywalk will be built on the central median, and will have eight bus stops from Rethifile to Secunderabad Gurudwara. The skywalk has been proposed to be 450m long and 4m wide, with secondary skywalks and escalators proposed to be 2.5m wide. The skywalk promises to cover the entire skyline of the Secunderabad station and will also help reduce the traffic congestion in and around the station areas, the Metro Rail officials hope.
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