The HMR authorities are unable to decide whether or not to proceed with the existing design of the Metro Rail project stated to TS
Chief Minister KCR.
The HMRL is expecting an increase in cost by nearly Rs 3,000 crore if the present alignment is changed. As to include stations at Assembly, Sultan Bazaar and the entire route in the Old City, although they would be replaced with other stations.
The HMR authorities want to negotiate the issue with the govt only after receipt of some written orders that the State government, is willing to recoup only about Rs 1,000 crore.
Political parties are divided over the issue. While the Congress wants no changes in the alignment of route, the TDP and BJP want the HMR to go ahead with the original route in the Old City. The MIM is strongly demanding complete change in the alignment in the Old City in order to prevent relocation of about 40 places of worship, including seven heritage structures, and about 1,200 private properties.
Concurrently, the HMR authorities have reportedly decided to focus on the completion of works in other areas which are presently not under dispute.