In a cabinet meeting presided over by the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Telangana cabinet has approved a Rs 60,000 plan for the expansion of the metro rail network in Hyderabad over the next three to four years.
The state’s Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao briefed the media after the cabinet meeting. He said that the state government has taken a decision to expand the metro rail routes on a large scale to bolster public transport in the city. He said the metro rail expansion would be done on many routes that connect Hyderabad to its outskirts in several directions. He noted that the Chief Minister has already laid the foundation stone for metro rail between Raidurgam to the airport.
He further added, “Altogether, the cabinet approved expansion of metro rail with Rs 60,000 crores in addition to the 101 kms taken up earlier. The CM directed our municipal department to complete this project in the coming three-four years.”
The municipal department and the metro train authorities will soon present proposals. Rama Rao expressed his expectation that the central government will provide assistance with the project's implementation, as it had in other cities. He did, however, add that if the Centre is unable to assist, the state government will take it on itself.
“We hope they (NDA government at the Centre) will cooperate with us. If this government does not help us, a coalition government would come anyway after 2024. The role of BRS would be crucial in that. We are confident that we will achieve it there,” he said.