In a major step towards realising the dreams of metro rail for Andhra Pradesh, the State government has appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation principal advisor E. Sreedharan as its advisor for metro rail projects. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced a decision to this effect after a meeting with Mr. Sreedharan at his office on Monday. He announced the government’s intentions to set up metro rail projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM (Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri) area.
Mr. Naidu wanted the DMRC principal advisor to complete both the projects in three and a half years time. He wanted Mr. Sreedharan to prepare a feasibility report for a rail based mass rapid transit system. The State government also proposed a metro rail project for Tirupati, but works on the project would be initiated once the projects in Visakhapatnam and VGTM areas were completed. Mr. Sreedharan assured the Chief Minister that the DMRC would support and assist the State government in every way possible, according to an official press release.