After a recent joy ride from Mettuguda to Uppal station of the Hyderabad Metro’s 8 km Nagole-Mettuguda section, the Information Technology Minister of Telangana, K. Tarakarama Rao (KTR), announced plans to construct 83 km of metro lines under Phase 2 of the Hyderabad Metro project! A feasibility study for this new phase is currently underway. Announcements about what the second phase will look like have been made at various times and occasions by different people, but since KTR is the son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR), I consider this announcement to carry a lot of weight about the future direction of the system.
The 5 proposed corridors announced for Phase 2 are:
#1 – LB Nagar – Hayathnagar (7 km)
#2 – Miyapur – BHEL – Patancheru (13 km)
#3 – Nagole – LB Nagar – Falaknuma – Shamshabad Airport (28 km)
#4 – Raidurg – Gachibowli – Shamshabad Airport (28 km)
#5 – Tarnaka – ECIL (7 km)
While the government hasn’t announced whether these will be new lines or extensions of the Phase 1 lines, it is fairly obvious that the (#5) Tarnaka – ECIL line will be a new line. #1 and #2 will be an extension of the 29.87 km LB Nagar – Miyapur line and #3 will be an extension of the 28 km Nagole-Raidurg line. I believe #4 will also be an extension of the Nagole-Raidurg line and building section will make the line entirely circular.
From its previous announcement in June, the government has scrapped an extension of the JBS-Faluknuma’s 12 km extension to the Shamshabad Airport perhaps due to the resistance in building the old city section of the line that has been raging on for the last 5 years. An 8 km extension of the same line northward towards Alwal has also been scrapped. A new 17 km line proposed from Gachibowli to Lakdikapul via Toli Chowki has also been scrapped.
Taking all these changes into consideration, here are two maps of how the Hyderabad Metro system will look like after the 72 km Phase 1 is completed in 2018 (estd.) and how the system might look after Phase 2 is completed in 2024 (estd.) Both maps have been embedded into the post to allow you to zoom in/out and explore for yourself!
• Phase 1 (72 km) :
• Phase 1 (72 km) & Phase 2 (83 km) = 155 km:
Along with the 72 km Phase 1, the Hyderabad Metro system after Phase 2 is completed will become 155 km long.
Once the feasibility study is complete, more details on the future roadmap including the preparation of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) & list of stations will be revealed. I expect actual construction on the ground to start in 2018. 🙂
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