The railways decided to excuse traffic block charges of Rs 80 crore on Metro Rail works over South Central Railway (SCR) tracks were discussed in a recent meeting. The meeting between the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao seems to have a positive effect.
The Railway Board advised SCR, demanded Rs 10 crore per railway crossing where Metro lines crossed SCR tracks at eight locations, to exempt traffic block charges but KCR brought to the notice of the Minister that the amount was more than the cost of the Road-Over-Bridge (RoB) itself.
One and half year ago, the Telangana Govt had paid Rs 25 crore towards charges to SCR. The decision would speed up the works on eight RoBs at different locations in the twin cities apart from saving Rs 80 crore of Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) money said Metro Rail officials.
The Metro corridors cross the following SCR tracks at Alugaddabavi, Mettuguda, Oliphanta Bridge, Bhoiguda, Begumpet, Bharat Nagar, Lakdi-ka-pul and Malakpet. HMR officials said the works at Mettuguda and Alugaddabavi would be immersed in coordination with railway authorities on priority basis.