Police foil rally demanding Old City metro rail

Political parties urge govt. to start the project without delay

August 30, 2018 11:12 pm | Updated August 31, 2018 07:53 am IST - HYDERABAD

Opposition parties rally for Metro Rail in Old City.

Opposition parties rally for Metro Rail in Old City.

Police on Thursday thwarted a bid by the Old City Metro Rail Joint Action Committee to carry out a rally demanding that the government start construction of the project on a ‘war footing’ instead of “dilly dallying” citing yet another survey or alternate proposal.

Carrying placards seeking immediate start of the elevated project, JAC representatives drawn from CPI, CPI(M), Congress, YSR Congress, BJP and other parties tried to take out a rally from Charminar to Falaknuma, charging the ruling TRS government and its ally MIM of having deliberately stalled the work all these years.

This was despite Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao stating in the Legislative Assembly that the metro rail would be built into the Old City. Pointing out that taking the metro rail line past the MGBS till Falaknuma would transform the lives of the people living there, CPI national committee member Syed Sajjad Pasha, city committee member T. Narasimha and others said the project brooks no further delay as it would provide modern public transport.

CPI(M) leader Abdul Sattar, BJP leader Bhaskar, YSRC leader Srinivas and others said the JAC would continue agitation till the government concedes to their demand.

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