Hyderabad Metro

Ee would like to demand that the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) project be subjected to a rigorous scrutiny on environmental and economic aspects. The HMR has been one of the most controversial mega projects in public-private partnership (PPP) being pushed by the Government of India and Government of Andhra Pradesh. It has also been severely contested by civil society in Hyderabad. Earlier it was linked to the scandal of Satyam Computers. The then prime consultant, E Sreedharan of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation had withdrawn from this project.

Several doubts have been raised on the quality of the studies done for this project. The HMR authorities are refusing to share the detailed project reports even today, preposterously claiming that they are “intellectual property”. Genuine concerns havebeen expressed over the negative impact of this project on the city’s historic core areas and heritage sites, including Sultan Bazaar and the state assembly building. The route in the old city was changed after the concession agreement had been signed. Now the HMR wants to take the metro corridor right along the course of the Musi river which runs through the city. This river is in the National River Conservation Programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

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