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Updated: October 25, 2013 00:07 IST

Metro given 71 acres of extra land, says citizen’s forum

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Citizens for Better Public Transport, a voluntary body, has charged the State Government of having allotted 71.39 acres of excess land for the construction of the Metro Rail in the city.

This is in addition to what has been mentioned in the Concession Agreement (CA), the body said.

The group’s convenor C. Ramachandraiah said inst-ead of taking a Cabinet-level decision, government orders (GO) were issued to allot land belonging to departments that could have been used for public use. “The government is handing over prime land to the Metro for real estate development, which is at variance with the CA signed by both parties,” Mr. Ramachandraiah said.

Eight acres at Errum Manzil, 17 at Rayadurgam, 10 of Old Gandhi Hospital and two in Yousufguda, were handed over to the Metro, he said, demanding that GO 152 and 123 be withdrawn.

‘Destructive’

Terming the Metro project as ‘destructive’, Mr. Ramachandraiah said the construction process is being rushed through without proper planning.

“Plans and designs for many stations are not yet complete but pillars are being raised across the city. It will only result in extensive damage to both public and private properties,” he cautioned. Designs of Metro stations, including the Detailed Project Report (DPR), should be made available in the public domain for thorough scrutiny, he demanded.

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