Hyderabad, Feb.8 (NSS): Stating that the proposed Metro Rail Corridor-II from the Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma through commercial areas affecting livelihood of several lakhs of people, the newly-formed Traders Joint Action Committee has demanded that the project be abandoned immediately.
Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, the JAC chairman, Mr Govind Rathi, said that the proposed Metro Rail Corridor II runs through the thickly populated areas of Putlibowli, Kothi, Sultan Bazaar, Badi Chowdi, Kacheguda, Narayanguda and Chikkadpally, which are purely commercial areas having a 200-year old history and some three lakhs of people were eking out livelihood directly and indirectly. Owing to the execution of the project, the poor people and their families would find it difficult to earn their bread, he said, adding that Koti, Sultan Bazaar, Kacheguda, Narayanguda and Chikkadpally are heritage bazaars, where several places of worship exist.
Mr Rathi said that the areas falling along the proposed Metro Rail route were basically pedestrian areas and due to the Corridor II, the free movement of people would be hampered. He also pointed out that people from Telangana districts frequently visit these areas to shop and if the market vanishes, it would be difficult for them to buy their needs. He said that already an MMTS was running along the route from Secunderabad to Falaknuma and the proposed Metro Rail Corridor was hardly two kilometer away. Stating that about Rs 3,000 crores were earmarked for the project, he opined that if the frequency of the existing MMTS was improved, lakhs of people would immensely benefit.
Mr Rath reminded that on December 23, 2010, the Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail, Mr E Sreedharan, openly said that the Hyderabad Metro Rail was not viable altogether. “Though the original route of the Metro Rail Corridor was from M.G Bus Stand, Salarjung Museum, Charminar, Shalibanda, Shamsherjung, Jangammet and Falaknuma, the route was altered due to the pressure from the MIM party leaders”, he alleged.
Mr Rath said that the JAC would launch a “shanti yatra” on February 10, at 4 pm from Andhra Bank, Koti to Chikkadpally to protest against the Metro Rail Corridor II. He also said that they would adopt all possible measures even at the cost of their life for the sake of safeguarding the livelihood about three lakh people.
The Traders Joint Committee was formed with the following office-bearers: Chairman – Govind Rathi, president – V Kishan Yadav, vice-presidents – G Narender Yadav and Mohd Muneeruddin, general secretary – Madhusudan Rao, joint secretaries – Manohar Suryavanshi and Suman Gupta, treasurer – Harish Giani, joint treasurer – Sriniwas Soni, advisory committee – Venkat Reddy and Padam Jain, legal advisor – Mahir Alam Khan. The committee members are: Naval Kishore Sankla, Satpal Singh, Anand Gupta, S Raghunath, B Darshan Kumar, Venkat Rao and Naveen. (NSS)