Hyderabad Metro Rail is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 28. However, for the general public, the Metro will open from 29 Nov 6 am. A stretch of 30 km of the total 72 km under the first phase will be launched and open for public use from the 29th Nov. The Prime Minister, along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and other officials, will embark on 5-km metro ride from Miyapur to Kukatpally.
Ahead of Metro Launch K. T. Rama Rao on Saturday with other ministers, MLAs, and MPs undertook a trial run two day prior to the inauguration. “This will be the longest distance for any metro in our country beinginaugurated on day one. The metro train services would function from 6 am to 10 pm every day initially and the timings may be changed to 5.30 am to 11 pm, depending on traffic and demand, IT Minister KTR said.
Every 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, he said. Twenty four metro stations would be opened now.
The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) would start feeder services for metro, he said. Some private organisations are planning to launch services to connect the metro stations. Do Check: Smart Card for Hyderabad Metro
A smart card was launched today for metro rail passengers and 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.The IT minister however refused to divulge information on ticket prices, and said that project partner L&T India will announce that in the coming few days. “We are also developing 18 million square feet of commercial area for viability,” said Rao. The entire project is being built at a cost of over Rs14,132 crore.
All safety clearances have been obtained and L&T, the concessionaire, and the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) are fully geared up for the inauguration, he said. He appreciated the L&T and HMR for their good work.
“The state government has started its efforts for the second phase of metro as well,” Rao said adding that he would go to Japan in January. Asked about the deadline set for the completion of the entire project, he said it is next year. Rao was speaking after a group of MLAs, MPs and other public representatives took a ride in the metro.
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