Railway gives nod to Metro rail crossings

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on May 01, 2011 Published on May 01, 2011

South Central Railway has approved the first set of “General Arrangement Drawings” (GADs) for four Metro rail crossings submitted by the Hyderabad Metro Rail.

This follows a series of negotiations by Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) and Railways and L&T. Given the complex arrangements, technical complications and the legalities of Right of Way according to the Indian Railways Act, railway clearances for elevated Metro rail crossings over the railway tracks is normally a prolonged affair.

The organisations seeking Right of Way permissions over railway tracks have to satisfy the stringent conditions of the Indian Railways codes and rule books. The first set of GADs for the Metro rail crossings at four places were approved by South Central Railway in a record two months after their submission. They have also stipulated that at Secunderabad station, the nearest Metro rail station will be connected to various platforms of the railway station with skywalks and escalators.

Construction of elevated Metro rail structures over the railway tracks is a critical activity determining the progress of the rail project and the early approvals accorded by South Central Railway would enable speedy progress of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project, Mr N.V.S. Reddy, MD of HMR, said in a statement today.

He said railway safety specifications, vertical and horizontal clearances, infringement regulations would be strictly adhered to. The Metro crossing works will be done in close coordination with the railway.

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Published on May 01, 2011
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