Transportation in a metro city is a major issue everywhere, and Hyderabad is no exception. With this in mind, the Hyderabad Metro Rail is being developed as a large modern transport system. Due to be completed in 2016, the concept is to fulfil the need for an eco-friendly, reliable and quick transport network. One that would withstand the growing demands of an urban city like Hyderabad that is of becoming an increasingly important Indian city.
Consisting of 23 aboveground stations along a 26km stretch from Shilparamam to Nagole, this line will give the public greater accessibility to the rest of the city and significantly improve travel time. Habsiguda station was chosen to be the prototype station for DP Infrastructure to work on and it will serve as the model for the rest of the stations. The station box and roof form is designed with the local conditions in mind, providing shelter in a hot semi-arid climate. The 135m long 20m wide roof is an arc-shaped metal roof with cutouts in the middle to enable natural ventilation and heat dissipation. The enclosure of the public areas is designed to have deep fins that are spaced apart and inclined to allow adequate light and ventilation, yet at the same time provide weather protection to the station interiors.
Strong linear elements are incorporated to ensure ease of navigation. The station has elevated platforms, accessible by lifts, escalators or staircases from the concourse level that in turn are linked to the street level. The outer walls of the back of house areas will have display boxes that would complement retail spaces in the station and generate advertisement revenue.