THE provincial government of Andhra Pradesh is expected to call tenders shortly to build a three-line metro in Hyderabad.

The Indian Minister for Urban Development Ajay Maken has given the regional government permission to draw up a shortlist of technical bidders to build the 66·4 km network. The Empowered Group of Ministers has been managing development of the Hyderabad metro since May 2006 as part of its remit to provide financial support for public-private partnerships on major infrastructure projects.

The three lines are envisaged to serve Miyapur and LB Nagar (29·9 km); Secunderabad and Falaknuma (14·8 km); and Habsiguda and Shilparamam (21·7 km).

The Andhra Pradesh government expects the metro to be built under a build-operate-transfer concession. Total cost is put at Rs87·6bn, and the network is expected to open within four years of work commencing.