Metro Rail works at Sultan Bazaar will be taken up as per old alignment and an alternative shopping complex in 2000 yards will be constructed for small businessmen and hawkers.
The pending issue has been resolved as the State government decided to go with the old alignment, Metro Rail Managing Director, NVS Reddy said. A group of small and medium level businessmen from Sultan Bazaar and Badi Chowdi on Saturday staged a protest at Metro Rail office against the metro rail works. They demanded that the works should not be taken up as it will hamper their livelihood and destroy old structures of historic prominence.
Talking to mediapersons later, NVS Reddy said as per the State government’s decision, metro rail works will be taken up as per old alignment as new alignment was estimated to cost more. The State government has decided to continue with the old alignment at Sultan Bazaar and Assembly area, he said. As of now, some 63 percent of works were completed, he said, adding that the works of old alignment will not disturb any other structures like Sultan Bazaar, Jain Mandir and Arya Samaj and others. Sultan Bazaar area victims of the metro rail can contact him directly if any problem arises out of shifting, he said.
Sultan Bazaar Metro Rail Station would turn into an attractive Hawkers Paradise and Night Bazaar. As Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said one acre land was acquired to construct a new lane for a high speed Metro Rail connecting Uppal and Yadadri, NVS Reddy reiterated that the Metro rail will begin services in 2016. To pave the way for old alignment, a Petrol Bunk at Puthli Bowli crossroads was demolished. (NSS)