Hyderabad: On Monday, Chief minister has accused the south central railway of blocking the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project .He took up the issue with Union Railway minister Suresh Prabhu when the latter called on him.
Mr.Rao strongly objected to the SCR demands of 10 crore related to tracks and “Traffic block charges”.
He also complained against the SCR for failing to hand over 10 small parcels of land near the Secunderabad Railway station amounting to 2 acre, despite of being paid Rs 35 crore for it.
The elevated Metro tracks have to cross the SCR tracks at eight locations. Mr Rao pointed out “Discussions have been going on for the last three years between the government .And the railway board, SCR officials also computed at around Rs 10 Crore per railway crossing .More than the cost of the road-over bridge at each location. The Railway Board had categorically stated that the Metro Rail would only be levied land lease/licensing charges, supervision charges and percentage charges”.
Mr.Rao said “No other charges like traffic/power block charges were indicated by the Railway Board earlier. And the projects that no traffic block charges were levied by SCR for Chennai Metro crossings by the south –western Railways for Bangalore Metro crossings and nominal charges were levied for the Mumbai metro by western railways.Futher, Board had also divided are also levied on government organization for public use”.
Mr Rao informed, “Despite bringing all these facts to their notice, the SCR officials are insisting on payment of traffic block charges. The work on Bharatnagar Metro Rail crossing has been held up for many months due to prolonged correspondence on the issue and this is on the critical path of the project. We have mobilized all resources to take up the work and the delay in executing the work of ROBs has badly affected the Metro project. The project developer L&T is raising huge claims for not getting the Right of Way and other is ideal.” He also notices the officials about the dues Rs 33.70 Crore to the GHMC in the form of various taxes and sought his intervention for payments of dues.