Hyderabad: Metro services on Ameerpet-LB Nagar route from tomorrow
Hyderabad Metro Rail is all set to start services on a 16km stretch between Ameerpet to LB Nagar tomorrow, making the entire Corridor-1 phase operational.
The Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety, after proper testing and commissioning, has already issued the necessary certificate for passenger train operations on this stretch.
The inauguration will be done tomorrow by ESL Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Hyd Metro will now be 46km long, country's second largest
"This is a 16km stretch with 16 stations. With this, the entire 29km of Corridor-1 from Miyapur to LB Nagar (which has 24 stations) will be operational," said NVS Reddy, MD, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL).
"With its operation on Ameerpet to LB Nagar route, the Metro will be 46km, the second largest in the country, next only to Delhi," he added.
10km Ameerpet-HITEC city line will be open from December
Another 10km stretch between Ameerpet and HITEC city line will be open from this December while services between Jubilee Bus Station and MGBS (10km) will be launched mid-2019. The concessionaire L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited is building the project across three corridors.
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30km Miyapur-Nagole stretch footfall: 85K passengers per day
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.
Hyderabad Metro records daily footfall of around 85,000 passengers (in the 30km stretch of Miyapur-Nagole, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi last November).
On May 7, a special coach exclusively for women was also introduced.
Metro security wing with over 2,000 personnel is being built
A Metro security wing with over 2,000 personnel for the 72km elevated HMRL project, (world's largest public-private partnership project in the sector, is being built as a well-organized unit. It includes armed components like Quick Response Team, Bomb Disposal Squad, Dog Squad, etc.
Other steps: Being disabled-friendly, building skywalks, cab services, e-vehicles
The other steps taken by HMRL include being disabled-friendly and building skywalks connecting stations directly to commercial complexes and stadiums.
Towards last-mile connectivity, cab services and electric vehicles for daily metro commuters have also been launched.
HMRL is also exploiting options to earn revenue by leasing out commercial and office spaces inside and outside metro stations across the city, officials had said.
Bomb Disposal Squad