The detailed project report (DPR) for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited Phase-II, including the line connecting the International Airport, is likely to be ready by August.

While the Phase One of the elevated metro rail being executed by the concessionaire L&T across three corridors together spanning a stretch of 72 km, the second phase entails extending airport connectivity and development of other stretches.

Airport connectivity

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which had earlier prepared the DPR for the metro rail, has been entrusted the task of preparation of the DPR and the Telangana Government is looking at raising funds through International Agencies, including JICA, for the expansion project to part fund its implementation.

KT Rama Rao, Telangana Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, said the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was keen that the second phase and airport connectivity be taken up and completed at the earliest.

The Government has identified several extensions and corridors for Phase II.

The State Government had instructed the district collectors under whose jurisdiction the expansion would come to identify land. Even the environment and social impact assessment studies would be taken up by the DMRC.

After a test run of the to be launched stretch of 16 km, which will complete one full line when commissioned, Rao said it would be ready for launch by July end.

Easy access

The metro is aiming to provide Skywalks to provide direct access to major bus stations and railways stations so that people can walk into metro stations.

NVS Reddy, Managing Director of HMRL, said that the 30 km stretch launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November is operational now and on an average 80,000 people are travelling it every day. The addition of the 16 km stretch would complete one full stretch of 29 km and ease the traffic.

Reddy said after the trial run for about 45 days, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety will clear the metro for operation.

Earlier this week Chief Electrical Inspector, Government of India for Hyderabad Metro conducted the statutory inspection of Overhead Electric Traction System and accorded sanction.

The metro rail authorities expect the commissioning of one of the stretches by July, which will complete one line of 29 km and another stretch by September, which will fully complete two of the three metro rail lines.

However, another metro line will be ready by early 2019, minus a six km stretch that runs through the Old City and connects to Falaknuma. The route relating to six km stretch in the Old City is faced with the challenge of providing right of way for metro implementation.