The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) managing director NVS Reddy had inspected areas between Police Control Room and Rangamahal junction in Corridor-I, which is to be developed as a ‘heritage precinct,’ as per the Telangana government’s instructions. “Continuous and wide footpaths for seamless pedestrian movement will be developed in the entire stretch of five kms, with a distinct heritage theme,” he said, adding that in the next three months, one would see the initial transformation of this whole area.
Adding a dash of heritage look
The MD of HMRL said that wrought iron/MS railings with a heritage look, classic patterns of tiles and stone flooring, restoration of heritage structures and buildings, liberal usage of cobblestones, period street furniture and vintage-looking electrical fittings, interspersed with sculptures, artwork, classical signage, etc., will form part of this project. NVS Reddy added that Nampally metro station will be connected with Nampally railway station at a distance of about 200 meters away with a walkway and railing that will depict the heritage look of Hyderabad. Travellers transiting from Nampally metro station to the railway station and vice-versa can take luggage in trolleys like in airports. He also added that a two-lane carriageway on each side would be aesthetically developed with cobblestones.
Adding the beauty quotient
To re-establish the splendid look of the monumental structures theme-based public plazas will be set up with focus lights. Car parking facilities and other added facilities for ordinary people will be arranged at Nampally and Gandhi Bhavan stations. This will be integrated with M J market to avoid any inconvenience for common people. For the convenience of common people and seamless connectivity around the area, skywalks connecting Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) to MGBS metro station on one side and the old city area on Chaderghat side will have state-of-art facilities, he said.
Mr Reddy said there will be an essential tourist attraction spot set up in the area where there is a stretch between OMC station and Rangamahal junction, which has corridor II metro tracks passing over corridor I metro tracks, in a pillar structure styles as double-decker, to display the combination of historical elegance and engineering excellence in the city of Nawabs. The pillars, portals, and walls around this area of the metro station and in Nampally, will be enhanced with paintings and sculptures that will reflect the rich history and culture of Hyderabad and Telangana, Reddy added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2017 had inaugurated a 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, of the 72-km-long elevated metro project. The concessionaire L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited is building the project across all the three corridors.