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Updated: September 23, 2013 23:24 IST

Metro Rail plans to boost capital’s brand equity

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HMR will come up with an aesthetic civic infrastructure rivalling the best metro rail projects in the world

The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project will not just be a hi-tech transport solution. Efforts are on to create quality public spaces around the prestigious project that will add value to the capital’s brand equity and make life easy for pedestrians.

Among many things like bicycle stands for last mile connectivity, skywalks and sidewalks, HMR is taking up the landscaping part of the medians or the space under the viaduct of Metro Rail corridors in a big way.

The aim of the HMR officials is to come up with an aesthetic civic infrastructure around the central medians of the Metro Rail, which will rival the best metro rail projects in the world.

Meeting with architects

In this direction, the HMR authorities on Monday held a meeting with architects from across the country to encourage them to come up with original designs that are innovative, sustainable and adaptable in all kinds of conditions in Hyderabad.

“Why can’t we produce something unique? The expectations of the public from Metro Rail are sky high, and it is our responsibility to produce a world-class product. Before coming up with designs, make sure that you have considered minute details that will impact commuters,” said HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy, while interacting with the architects. Broadly, the medians of the 72-km Metro Rail will feature drought-resistant plants, aesthetically appealing plants for all seasons, creepers that could camouflage concrete piers, plants that will fit in clear 5.5 metres below the viaduct or the skywalk to provide a soothing experience to commuters.

“We are trying our best not to repeat the mistakes that other metro projects have committed. The central median design competition should throw up unique ideas, which will be useful for everybody including women, disabled and children. We are even ready to provide intermediate pedestrian crossover systems like chairs. But the solutions and designs should be practical,” Mr. Reddy said.

Close to 73 architects attended the meeting. The last date for submission of projects is October 31, and the first prize has a cash component of Rs. 8 lakh, second prize has Rs. 6 lakh cash prize and Rs. 4 lakh for the third best project.

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Bicycle stands are fine but what about roads where these need to be
used. Just making areas near Metro swanky will hardly help the
commuters. Let Metro authorities and GHMC sit and chalk out the plans
for roads and footpaths for Metro commuters to reach their
destinations. Please clearly demarcate footpaths without obstructions
like ramps, encroachments, waste bins, electric sub-stations and of
course road side stalls of all descriptions. To expect hundreds of
commuters to use roads instead of footpaths is an insult to any city
administration and to the expensive Metro itself.

from:  Seetharam
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 05:36 IST
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