Hyderabad: The first metro rail station in the city will come up at Uppal. The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) officials have finalised the location and launched the works to complete its construction by the end of 2013.
Each station, 140 m by 20 m in size and designed to accommodate six-coach trains, would cost around Rs 40 crore.
In the first phase, there will be eight metro stations between Nagole and Mettuguda, and in all, 66 stations along the 72-kilometre metro rail project in three corridors.
There will be three joint stations at Ameerpet (corridors I & III), Parade Grounds (corridors II & III) and at MGBS (corridors I & II).
Unlike Delhi and Bengaluru metros, the HMR stations will be completely eco-friendly. They will have natural ventilation and no air-conditioning, and will use solar power.
The other unique feature will be that stations will be of “spine and wing format” resembling a bird and 70 per cent of it will be pre-fabricated. This is to avoid inconvenience to road traffic during the construction period.
The stations are being designed in four categories, 30 m (100 feet), 36 m (120 feet), 45 m (150 feet) and 60 m (200 feet) to avoid additional land acquisition for their construction.
“The metro rail stations will be built as ‘cantilever stations’, perched on only one pillar at the centre, with no side pillars, unlike in Delhi and Bengaluru metros.
It’s the first time in the country that cantilever elevated stations are being built, a rare engineering feat by L&T’s structural engineers.
The stations will give the look of a global city to Hyderabad,” said N.V.S. Reddy, managing director, HMR.
The stations will be divided into two levels, “concourse” and “platform”.
Passengers’ entry and exit facilities with staircases, escalators and lifts will begin at concourse level which will be at a height of 8 m (26 feet).