No double-decker flyover in proposed corridor on Rajiv Rahadari hinders Metro expansion

Locals in the Patny-Thumkunta corridor are expressing their frustration over the omission of future metro rail expansion plans. Yesterday, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy laid a foundation stone for an elevated corridor on the Rajiv Rahadri. The corridor begins at Paradise Junction stretching towards West Marredpally, Karkhana, Tirumalgheri, Bollaram, Alwal, Hakimpet, Thumkunta, and the ORR Junction.

Criticism has arisen, questioning whether the Chief Minister initiated the project without a comprehensive understanding of its scope. Members of the Medchal Metro Sadhana Samiti have accused the government of disregarding public interests.

During the foundation stone laying event at TIMS premises in Alwal, protesters voiced their demand for clarity on metro expansion plans, brandishing placards advocating for a ‘Medchall Metro’. They doubt the feasibility of future metro expansion under the current project framework.

Recalling previous proposals during the BRS government era, which included double-decker flyovers to accommodate metro trains, locals argue that the current elevated corridor project neglects these considerations. The proposed elevated corridor is deemed crucial for enhancing transportation to Genome Valley, a pharmaceutical cluster near the Outer Ring Road (ORR), enabling smoother connectivity to areas 18 km away from the city center.

While the KCR government has envisioned extending the metro rail to Shameerpet along this corridor, dissenters assert that the current administration, under Revanth Reddy, is prioritizing flyover construction over longstanding metro expansion plans. Concerns linger among residents of Hyderabad North Zone, who fear the sidelining of previous proposals. They demand adherence to earlier plans, emphasizing the importance of land acquisition and the construction of double-decker flyovers.