PM inaugurates Hyderabad Metro, takes a ride

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail on Tuesday.

PM along with Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao took part in the 30 km-long first phase of the metro rail project between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations, would be launched by the prime minister at 2:15 pm tomorrow at Miyapur station.

HYD-Metro--45Commercial operations of the Hyderabad Metro will begin from Wednesday.

During the inaugural run, Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao traveled by the metro from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and came back.

Earlier PM Modi arrived at the Begumpet airport at 1:10 PM and was received by Governor and Telangana Chief Minister.

The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially and the timings would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm, depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao said.

HYD-MetroKTR claimed that the Hyderabad metro rail is the most innovative and largest such project in the world in public-private partnership (PPP).

The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two km and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 km.

Hyderabad-MetroEach 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, Rao said.

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) would also start feeder services for the metro, he said.

A smart card was launched on Saturday for metro rail passengers.

The card would be used for multiple modes of transport in future, Rao said.

A mobile application–‘T Savari’– would also be  launched. The app provides quick interface for metro services. Under the project, sky-walks will be also be built connecting the stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices, he said.

The state government has started its efforts for the second phase of the metro as well, the minister said.

The project, which started in July 2012, was initially scheduled to be completed by June this year but delay in land acquisition and other issues resulted in it overshooting the deadline.