Modi inaugurates Hyderabad metro rail service; heres highlights of the train

Modi inaugurates Hyderabad metro rail service; heres highlights of the train

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Hyderabad metro rail service while also taking the first ride on the metro train along side Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

This is the first leg of the Hyderabad metro and the service will open for public on Wednesday.

Smart cards for the metro have been on sale though the weekend; these can also be used for other transport in the city. The metro will cover a 30-km stretch in its first phase and is expected to carry 17 lakh passengers each day.

The Hyderabad Metro project has been divided into three corridors — all passing through areas with high population density. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the project, which covers 24 stations.

The trains will run from Miyapur in north Hyderabad to Ameerpet – a connecting station – on corridor one, and from there to Nagole in the eastern side of the city, which is part of Corridor 2.

Initially, the metro will run from 6 am to 10 pm. It would be rescheduled — 5.30 am to 11 pm — depending on traffic and demand, Telangana’s Technology Minister KT Rama Rao has said. The price of tickets will range between Rs. 10 and Rs. 60.

The operations will start with three coaches — each of which can accommodate 330 people — per train. The number of coaches would be increased to six depending on traffic.

The Hyderabad Metro line will eventually be a 72-km elevated stretch, which will be completed by next year. It is the largest such public-private partnership project, the state government has said.

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