Hyderabad Metro gets a big relief after Railway Board clarified that South Central Railway (SCR) will not be levying ‘Traffic Block’ charges for permitting crossing over the rail lines at eight designated sites across the three metro rail corridors. The issue was recently taken up by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao with the Union Railway Minister.
The Metro corridors cross the tracks – Alugaddabavi, Mettuguda, Oliphanta bridge, Bhoiguda, Begumpet, Bharat Nagar, Lakdikapul and Malakpet. SCR was to impose hefty fine on the Hyderabad Metro Rail for blocking the traffic.
With this announcement, Metro authorities will speed up the construction of Rail Over Bridges (ROBs) besides saving about Rs.80 crore (@ Rs.10 crore per crossing). Telangana government is reviewing the progress of Metro Rail works once a week to make sure the project is within the timelines.