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HMR to have the best Metro features in the world

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Metro success:Winners of the online photography contest with Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty
Metro success:Winners of the online photography contest with Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty

The growth of the city depends on efficient public transportation like the Metro Rail and transit-oriented development. Therefore, it is essential to integrate development planning with town and country planning and transportation planning, said Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty on Monday.

Better transport

Addressing winners of online photography contest and Metro Rail officials, Dr. Mohanty pointed out that various agencies like the GHMC, HMDA, HMR and the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) were working on integrating plans for better public transportation and development for twin cities.

Metro in the west

Western cities like Boston in the United States and elsewhere had built Metro rail way back in the 19{+t}{+h}century, and hence, they developed in a planned manner across routes where high density growth is allowed.

Commercial development should be allowed where facilities like Outer Ring Road, radial roads and MMTS are available.

Dr. Mohanty observed that the best Metro rail systems existed in Singapore, Seoul, London, Toronto and Zurich. The Hyderabad Metro Rail is trying to incorporate the best of these Metros to make it a people’s project.

Permanent exhibition

HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy said the city’s Metro Rail would have the latest and the best of features of Metros across the world. There is also a plan to have a permanent exhibition of the Metro Rail coach at the Uppal depot once the Necklace Road avenue is closed by the end of the month.

L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) Project Director M.P. Naidu sought citizens’ cooperation during construction and sought ideas, suggestions and even complaints from the general public.

His colleague J.K. Arora also asserted that no effort was being spared to bring the best system to the city.

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