Hyderabad Metro Rail starts operation on Ameerpet-LB Nagar route.
New Delhi: Hyderabad Metro Rail began its services on the 16-km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar today. With this, the entire 29 km of Corridor-I from Miyapur to LB Nagar has become operational. The Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan flagged off the Hyderabad metro train at Ameerpet station at 12 noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30 km Miyapur-Nagole stretch out of the 72 km long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project in November last year. It is recording footfall of around 85,000 passengers per day. Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership, Hyderabad metro is being built by infrastructure giant L&T at a cost of over Rs 14,000 crore.
Here are 5 facts about the Hyderabad Metro:
With its 16 km operation on Ameerpet to LB Nagar route, Hyderabad Metro stretches to 46 km, the second largest in the country, next to Delhi.The initial frequency of one train every five minutes will be increased to 2 minutes gradually.
The metro train at an average speed of 32 kmph initially would cover the 29km distance in 52 minutes against two hours by road. Currently, there are 24 stations in the operational 30 km line from Miyapur to Nagole.
Hyderabad metro's 10 km Ameerpet-Hi-Tech city line will be open from December (this year) and the services between Jubilee Bus Station and MGBS (10 km) will be launched mid-2019.
Skywalks are being built connecting stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices and steps are being taken up in making Hyderabad Metro Rail disabled-friendly. Towards last mile connectivity, cab services and electric vehicles for daily metro commuters have also been launched.
L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) has already installed CCTVs at all stations and in trains with 360 degree coverage, baggage scanners, door frame metal detectors and hand-held metal detectors.