London Mayor Johnson praises proposed metro project in Hyderabad
London Mayor Boris Johnson on Wednesday praised the proposed metro project in Hyderabad, emphasising the need for a strong transport infrastructure to cope up with a burgeoning population.
Addressing businessmen, Johnson said: "I am fascinated and awestruck by your ambition to create a metro at such speed. I congratulate you on that, and we look forward to see how that progresses."
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, which was flagged off in May this year, is the world's larges Public Private Partnership project in metro sector, whose mandate is to decongest three dense corridors, covering a stretch of about 71.16 kilometres elevated metro rail, with about 65 stations and latest technologies are being used and it would meet the international standards.
Johnson said: "If you are going to have a huge population increase, which both London and Hyderabad are experiencing, obviously London at a lower rate than Hyderabad, but still significant, you must put in the transport infrastructure, propose the mass transit system to cope with the growth and it is by putting in transport infrastructure first that you can create growth and jobs."
The main focus of the project was to ensure the safety of the commuters and to work towards making the network as one of the safest mode of transportation in the city.
The project is likely to be completed within next three years by 2015.
The eco-friendly elevated metro stations would be located at an interval of one kilometre, and the metro rail would ply at a speed of 80 kilometres per hour and manage an average speed of 38-40 kilometres per hour.
Johnson further said that he liked the vision applied to the Hyderabad airport by using economic value of creating jobs in the vicinity of the airport.
"There is particular one thing that struck me yesterday was the vision that is being applied to your airport and the ambition you have there to use the economic value of an airport to trigger other development growth, jobs in the vicinity of that airport," said Johnson.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the outskirt of Hyderabad is the country's first greenfield airport developed under the public-private partnership initiative.
The airport has several firsts to its credit. It has the longest runway in Asia at 4.26 km and the tallest air traffic control (ATC) tower in the country at 75 metres.
Johnson said London would like to learn more about the development taking place in aviation sector.
"I think your vision is extremely exciting for the city. I think there are lots of ways in which London will love to learn more from what you are doing on everything from aviation to cleaning up the lake and mass transit that you are putting in," said Johnson.
This is Boris Johnson's first official foreign investment seeking trip since London hosted the Olympic Games. He is planning to make several more trips to key overseas markets including China, Brazil and the Middle East.