Hyderabad Metro Rail is all set to start services on a 16-km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar, making the entire Corridor-I phase operational. The Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) had issued the safety certificate for passenger train operations on this stretch, after testing and commissioning.
The governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan, will flag off the metro train at Ameerpet station, on September 24, 2018.
“This is a 16-km stretch, with 16 stations. With this, the entire 29 kms of Corridor-I, from Miyapur to LB Nagar will be operational,” Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) managing director NVS Reddy said.
In November 2017, prime minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30-km Miyapur-Nagole stretch, out of the 72-km-long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project, the world’s largest public-private partnership project in the sector. There are 24 stations in the operational 30-km line. “With its operation on Ameerpet to LB Nagar route, the metro will be 46 kms, the second-largest in the country, next only to Delhi,” Reddy said.
The 10-km Ameerpet-Hi-Tech City line is expected to be inaugurated in December 2018, while services between Jubilee Bus Station and MGBS (10 kms) will be launched in mid-2019, Reddy said. The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited, is building the project across three corridors. HMRL is developing a heritage precinct, along with continuous and wide footpaths for seamless pedestrian movement on a five-km stretch, between Police Control Room and Rangamahal Junction, covering five stations of Assembly, Nampally, Gandhi Bhavan, OMC and MGBS in Corridor-I.
Hyderabad Metro is recording footfalls of around 85,000 passengers per day (in the 30-km stretch of Miyapur-Nagole). On September 4, 2018, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) had announced that patronage of the Hyderabad Metro Rail touched 20 million (passengers), since the launch of services in November 2017. On May 7, 2018, a special coach exclusively for women, was introduced in Hyderabad Metro trains.
Skywalks are being built, connecting stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices, they said, adding that several steps have been taken, towards making Hyderabad Metro rail disabled-friendly. Towards last mile connectivity, cab services and electric vehicles for daily metro commuters, have also been launched. HMRL is the first ‘transit-oriented development’ project that will exploit real estate and earn revenue, by leasing out commercial and office spaces inside and outside metro stations across the city, officials had said. Officials had said that 18.5 million sq ft of assets would be developed, in a phased, manner in-sync with the market requirements over the next few years.