After a long wait of nearly six years, the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) is set to embark on its highly anticipated Phase II, bringing new horizons of progress to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The eagerly awaited Airport Metro Express, connecting Raidurg to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, is now entering the crucial bid finalization stage.
Phase II of this transformative project will feature a 31-kilometer elevated, on-ground, and underground Airport Metro Express, with an estimated cost of Rs 6,250 crore. Notably, the state government will fully fund the initiative through the EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) mode.
The Hyderabad Airport Metro Ltd (HAML) recently released a tender for the Design and Construction of the Hyderabad Airport Express Line, signaling the project’s rapid progress. This new metro rail line will establish a vital connection between the bustling IT hub in western Hyderabad and the international airport situated in the southern part of the city.
Traversing along the Outer Ring Road (ORR) of Hyderabad, the airport corridor will link the Mindspace junction near Raidurg Metro station to the city’s international airport at Shamshabad. Commuters can expect a significant reduction in travel time, with the Airport Metro shortening the journey from the city to the airport by up to 50 percent. In fact, the metro is projected to take a mere 20 minutes to bridge the gap between the airport and the heart of the city.
Anticipated stations along the route include Biodiversity junction, Nanakramguda, Narsingi, TS Police Academy, Rajendranagar, Shamshabad, Airport Cargo station, and terminal. The Airport Metro will not only connect the city to the airport but also provide convenient access to major areas such as the renowned IT hub of Hitec City, Madhapur, Gachibowli, Nanakramguda, Narsingi, and Kokapet.
Despite facing initial delays, with the proposal for Phase II receiving clearance in early 2018 and budget allocations already in place, the Telangana government has now propelled the project forward. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had previously completed a detailed project report, and significant progress was made after Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone in December 2020, as reported by The Hindu.
Interestingly, the project’s bidding phase witnessed a different response compared to other metro rail initiatives across the country. Infrastructure firms showed limited interest, despite more favorable terms being offered than those in the first phase of the L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad project back in 2010.
It is worth noting that the Phase I metro project was constructed under the public-private partnership mode, with a consortium of public-sector banks, led by the State Bank of India, providing a loan of around Rs 11,000 crore. This ambitious endeavor remains the sole project of its kind in the country.
Currently, Hyderabad’s metro rail network spans over 69 kilometers, with three corridors weaving through the heart of the city, catering to the growing transportation needs of its residents.
Excitement is building as Hyderabad gears up for the remarkable progress and enhanced connectivity that Phase II of the Hyderabad Metro Rail promises to bring. Stay tuned for more updates on this transformative journey!