Hyderabad Metro to be dedicated to nation next year

The Hyderabad Metro Rail project will be dedicated to the nation in December next year, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said on Sunday.

Inaugurating the work to set up launching girders on to the Metro rail pillars, the chief minister said the trials of the first phase of the Rs. 16,375 crore project would begin in June 2014.

The chief minister formally started the hydraulic cranes for launching girders on the Metro pillars for the 72-kilometre elevated rail project.

Later, addressing a public meeting at Uppal to mark the completion of two years in office, he said the prestigious Metro system on three high density corridors would carry 15 lakh people every day.

He said the government was making all efforts to complete the project on schedule. "Even if there is a delay of one day on the part of the government, we will have to pay a penalty of Rs. 32 lakh and if the L&T delays commissioning of the project by one day, they will have to pay Rs. 64 lakh," he said.

Kiran Kumar Reddy said the Metro project was a part of his government's efforts to make Hyderabad a world-class city. He also unveiled a plaque, signalling the launch of the project.

Though the works started a few months ago and pillars on a stretch of five kilometres were already erected, no formal stone-laying function was organised.

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