The much-awaited metro rail link to Hi-tec City, the IT hub of Hyderabad, is set to become operational soon, with the inspection and safety certification from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) likely in about a week. Trial runs on the 10-km stretch of the Hyderabad Metro Corridor III between Ameerpet and Hi-tec City, have been going on since November 2018.
“We are expecting the CMRS’ (Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety’s) inspection and safety certification in about a week. After that the inaugural date will be decided by the government,” Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) managing director NVS Reddy said. The Ameerpet and Hi-tec City stretch has eight stations.
“Opening of the 10-km Ameerpet to Hi-tec City stretch will be a game-changer, not only for the metro project but for Hyderabad city itself. In the next few years, it will make a huge difference in the travel characteristics of the city and improve the competitiveness of Hyderabad,” Reddy said. Hyderabad Metro is recording footfall of 1.80 lakhs per day on the existing 46-km rail network, Reddy said adding “It is 1.80 lakhs per day and it is increasing.”
He further said work was progressing well in Corridor II between JBS and MGBS (10-km stretch) and the civil work would be completed by July 2019 and the systems works by November 2019.
Hyderabad Metro: Trial run between Ameerpet, Hi-tec City begins
The Hyderabad Metro Rail has started trials runs on the Ameerpet-Hi-tec City stretch of the metro, which is slated to be inaugurated by December-end of 2018
November 30, 2018: The trial run of the metro train between Ameerpet and Hi-tec City began in Hyderabad, on November 29, 2018, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the metro train operations. The stretch between Ameerpet and Hi-Tec City has eight stations. A team of technical experts and engineers, led by the managing director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited, NVS Reddy and managing director of L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited, KVB Reddy, travelled on the metro train on the 10-km stretch and observed critical parameters and performance of the train during the trial run, an official press release said.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited and L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited have overcome technical challenges owing to sharp curves and gradients and also land acquisition problems, the release said. The train reversal facility beyond Hi-tec City station upto Trident Hotel, would take a few more months for completion, the release said, adding that a solution has been found and trains would be run on the ‘twin single-line method’. Under this method, the release said, a double-line railway track functions as two separate single-lines, wherein each line works as an independent single line and trains are operated in both up and down directions on the same line, as if these are two independent single lines.
This method, used by many railways around the world, including Indian Railways, would be followed till the train reversal facility beyond Hi-Tec City metro station is completed, the release said. Both, conventional railway signalling system and the sophisticated communication-based train control system of the Hyderabad Metro permit this type of twin single-line train operations, it said.
NVS Reddy had earlier said Ameerpet and Hi-Tec City would be opened to rail traffic by this December-end. Prime minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole out of the 72-km-long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project, in November 2017. With the operation on the 16-km stretch between Ameerpet and LB Nagar in September 2018, Hyderabad Metro Rail covers 46 km and has become the second-largest metro rail network in the country, after Delhi.