Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM/SCR Inaugurates the work for the Launch of Girder segments for Metro Rail Crossing over Railway lines at Bharatnagar

Shri P.K. Srivastava, General Manager, South Central Railway inaugurated the launch of girder segments for construction of Metro Rail bridge across the railway track in connection with Hyderabad Metro Rail works o­n Miyapur- L.B.Nagar corridor at Bharatnagar today i.e. 11thFebruary, 2015.Shri NVS Reddy, MD, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited ( HMRL) and Shri V. N. Gadgil, MD, L&T HMRL were amongst those present.
Addressing a press meet after the inauguration, Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM/SCR stated that:
ØThe Hyderabad Metro Rail is sure to become the life-line of Hyderabad like the Suburban Rail network in Mumbai.
ØHyderabad Metro Rail  is a very vital and crucial project, with a well planned layout that affords connectivity to all important places including railway stations, bus terminals, commercial hubs etc in the city.
ØThe incremental launching of girder segments is meticulously planned and all safety steps are in place.
ØThe Hon’ble Chief Minister of Telangana, Shri K. Chadrasekhar Rao played a important role in speeding up the bridge works, which necessitate imposing of Rail blocks, by speaking to Hon’ble Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, who issued instructions for necessary clearance at the earliest.
ØFor the Railways, imposing a Rail block entails stoppage of train movements for 3 hours per block. With increase in freight traffic o­n SCR, which has led to a commensurate increase in goods train movements by about 20%, it is a big challenge to meticulously plan rail blocks, taking due care to avoid passenger inconvenience. The o­nus is all the more o­n SCR, because the Zone holds the image of being passenger friendly.
Ø For the rail block at Bharat Nagar, twice a week till April, several steps were taken to ensure that passengers of Secunderbad-Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi Express which is being short terminated at Lingampalli o­n specific days are not put to any hardship. Officials were deputed to Pune in advance, so as to ensure adequate publicity, confirm the needs of the passengers and accordingly render help at Lingampalli.
Ø The launch of girder segment is a complex work needing utmost safety features and it is the excellence of HMRL engineers which is visible, in the engineering methodology being implemented at the casting stage.
ØAlthough the first block o­n 7th February, 2015 was for 3 hrs, the next block was finished in 2 hrs 30mts, thereby signifying that, in due course the execution works will be speeded up by HMRL, thereby lessening the blockage time.
ØThe HMRL project work pertaining to launch of girder segments will set a benchmark for other metro rail projects in the country.

GM Visits Nagole Metro Rail Depot and travels o­n Metro Rail:
Shri P.K. Srivastava, GM/SCR , later in the day visited the Hyderabad Metro Rail depot at Nagole and travelled o­n Metro Rail along with other senior officials of SCR, accompanied by the HMR authorities. During the course of the visit, Shri Srivastava made a study of the HMR operational hub, including the Traffic Control Center, Rake Maintenance Depots etc., Earlier, he inspected Nagole Metro Rail Station, where he was guided by the L&T officials o­n the various facilities and amenities provided there. The General Manager travelled by a Metro Rail from Nagole to Mettuguda and back, to have a firsthand feel of the Metro Rail technology in use, including the features provided in the coaches, the driving cab, signaling system, electrical works and track infrastructure.