Reacting strongly to the BJP-led Union government’s decision to reject the proposal of Hyderabad Metro phase-II, municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao has dashed off a letter to Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri to reconsider the Centre’s decision.
“The Union ministry, in a letter to the state, said PHPDT (peak hour peak direction traffic) and ridership is very less and does not justify Metro rail project at this juncture. This was nothing, but blatant discrimination against Telangana. If the traffic of Hyderabad’s high-density corridors does not qualify for a Metro rail project, I wonder how a number of small cities of UP like Agra, Prayagraj, Meerut and cities located in some of their favoured states got qualified. This is nothing but pure discrimination and step-motherly treatment to Hyderabad and Telangana,” KTR said.
The Telangana government has asked for approval and financial assistance of the Centre for Metro phase-II expansion on Lakdikapul-BHEL and Nagole-LB Nagar corridors and detailed project reports were also sent.
KTR said it was strange that Centre, which had sanctioned Metro projects to many cities with less traffic, had felt that Hyderabad does not qualify for a Metro rail project.
The minister said he made attempts to meet the Union minister to explain the importance of Hyderabad Metro phase-II, but all efforts went in vain. “Given your professional background, I had hoped that you would ensure fair and objective treatment to our infrastructure development proposals without any bias or prejudice,” the minister mentioned in his letter to Puri.
KTR said the state government was willing to clarify any doubts the Centre has on the project and requested for an appointment of the Union minister. “I would once again urge you to get Hyderabad Metro Rail phase-II project proposal examined dispassionately on merits of DPR and have it approved at an early date,” he said.