Six months after the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd was able to amicably reach an agreement with local traders, hawkers & businessmen to build its viaduct through the narrow 40 feet wide Sultan Bazar Road, the first of 10 piers has now started to take shape!
Piling work on this section started in February 2016 and workers on this 250 meter section of the 14.78 km Jubilee Bus Station – Falaknuma line have only able to carry out work in the night when the hustle-bustle dies down. As per the agreement reached in December 2015, the road will be widened to 65 feet rather than the original plan of 100 feet and any property losing over 50% space would be provided with an alternate shop at the HMR’s rehabilitation & resettlement complex in Putlibowli. The most vital carrot offered by the HMR which clinched the deal was the doubling up of compensation rates up to Rs 1 lakh/sq yard.
Fast forward to today, the foundation for eight piers is now ready and notices have started to be issued to property owners for carrying out demolishing work so that the road can be widened to accommodate heavy construction equipment & trailers for hauling in segments to build the line’s viaduct.
Satellite view of the Sultan Bazar Road:
What a mess, right? Similar scenes were observed in Mumbai’s Andheri West area where the 11.4 km Line 1 was under construction between 2007-2014.
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