A significant step has been taken towards the development of the Airport Metro corridor in Hyderabad as the Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited has initiated the process of selecting an EPC contractor for the esteemed Airport Express line project. Global tenders amounting to Rs 5,688 crores have been floated for this purpose. The estimated contract value encompasses the expenses associated with design, civil works (including elevated viaduct and underground structures), stations, track works, electrical and mechanical works, rolling stock (train sets) procurement and commissioning, electric traction and power supply, signalling, telecommunications, and train control systems, among other components.
The preliminary activities for the project, such as surveying, peg marking, and alignment fixation, have already been completed. Currently, soil testing is in progress. NVS Reddy, the Managing Director of HAML, mentioned that the corridor, spanning 31 kilometers between Raidurg metro station and the Airport terminal in Shamshabad, will primarily consist of a 29.3-kilometer elevated stretch with a 1.7-kilometer underground section. The line will include a total of nine stations, including one underground station adjacent to the airport terminal. Furthermore, provisions have been made for the construction of four additional stations in the future. The deadline for tender submission is July 5.