PM To Launch Hyderabad Metro Rail On Nov 28
The much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 28, and start commercial operations from the next day. Modi, along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, will take a ride in the Metro from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and back.
The 30-km-long first phase of the Metro rail project between Miyapur and Nagole has 24 stations. The trains on this route would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially, and the timings would be rescheduled to 5.30 am to 11 pm at a later stage, depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao said.
The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, would charge a minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kms, and the highest fare of Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.
Each train would initially have three coaches, and 330 people can travel in each coach. The number of coaches can be increased to six depending on the traffic. The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) would also start feeder services for the Metro, Rao said. A smart card was launched on November 25 for Metro rail passengers. The card would be used for multiple modes of transport in future, Rao said. A mobile app, named 'T Savari', would also be launched for the benefit of passengers, Rao said.
Under the project, sky-walks will also be built, connecting the stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices.
"The state government has started its efforts for the second phase of the Metro as well," the minister said.
When asked about the deadline for the completion of the entire project, he said it should be ready in a year. The project, which started in July 2012, was initially scheduled to be completed by June this year.
As many as 546 security personnel from private agencies will man the stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch. They will be working under three police officials per station in each shift, according to the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL).
The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) has already installed sophisticated CCTV cameras at all the stations and in trains.
HMRL's Managing Director N V S Reddy earlier said that several measures had been taken up to make the Hyderabad disabled-friendly.
With inputs from Housing News