First metro rail pillar to be up next week in state

It will be one among 305 piers to be built between Nagole and Mettuguda

The first pillar (pier) of the elevated metro rail project for the twin cities will be up by next weekend near Kendriya Vidyalaya, Uppal.

L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail (L&THMR) has begun the base reinforcement for constructing the pier, one among the 305 piers to be built between Nagole and Mettuguda.

The eight kilometre section is part of the third metro line from Nagole to Shilparamam (27.51 km) and is scheduled to be the first stage to be completed. The elevated metro rail is being built across 71.16 km spread across three dense traffic corridors of the capital at a cost of Rs.14,182 crore.

The first pier will be eight metres high and 1.8 metres wide. Engineers of L&T and Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) have simulated the entire pier construction at the recently earmarked 60 acre girder yard, adjacent to the 104 acre Nagole depot, before the actual work began on the road median.

Seven stations will be built – Uppal, Survey of India, NGRI, Habsiguda, Tarnaka and Mettuguda, separated by distances ranging between 1.03 km and 1.60 km for stage one. Height of the stations will be from 47 ft to 53 ft. Stage two is between Miyapur and S.R. Nagar (11 km).