Metro rail construction is to pick pace in the coming days with the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad, slated to start work on foundations for the piers at Varun Motors on the super busy Begumpet road.

“We will be opening up a new (construction) front on the Sardar Patel Road in addition to the works going on at Uppal, Miyapur and L.B. Nagar. Our challenge will be to improve the speed of construction and open as many fronts as possible,” said Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director V.B. Gadgil in a recent press interaction.

The period till July-August is considered best for construction before monsoon sets in, for infrastructure projects.

Land acquisition has been done to a large extent with sites for the viaduct, stations and the depots frozen. “As far as we are concerned, the right of way for the project has been granted,” he affirmed.

Re-engineering solutions

Mr. Gadgil pointed out that away from the public eye several “re-engineering” solutions were being worked out during the time of digging for foundations and piers at various construction sites because of the presence of underground utilities in the form of pipelines or cables.

“It is all to be expected. The entire alignment is complicated as it is being constructed in the heart of the city. It is one of the challenges,” he averred.

There are going to be issues with regard to vehicular movement during the construction phase and the concessionaire is working closely with the traffic police and the civic departments to minimise inconvenience to commuters.

Contracts

The CEO said that only two more major contracts had to be signed, pertaining to the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) and for the escalators/lifts at the stations besides another one for heavy maintenance equipment at the depots. These would be signed within the next one month.

“Technical discussions have been completed and commercial negotiations are on for both contracts,” he said. L&TMRH had already signed deals with Hyundai Rottem for rolling stock.

Signalling and train control contracts were awarded to Thales Canada & Thales India and the communications system deal to Thales Portugal.

L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad, slated to start work on foundations for the piers at Varun Motors