Metro extension to Raidurg by July-end

Tue 21 May 2019, 09:54:11
All efforts are being made to extend services of the Hyderabad Metro Rail till Raidurg (Mindspace) by the end of July, providing much-needed transport connectivity to hundreds of employees working in the IT hub, besides completing the reversal in front of Cyber Towers and Trident Hotel by this month-end.

Further, with the success of operating shuttle services from a few stations to different areas in IT corridor, measures are being taken to introduce similar services on the LB Nagar route connecting colonies to the stations.

The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is intensifying its efforts to complete the construction works to offer seamless connectivity till Raidurg. At present, Metro services are being operated till Hitec City and the 1.5 km distance till Raidurg from Hitec City is expected to be completed by July end, said a senior official from HMRL.

Governor ESL Narasimhan had flagged off Metro train operations on the 10-km Ameerpet-Hitec City route on March 20. But in the absence of reversal in front of Cyber Towers & Trident Hotel beyond Hitec City, the trains are currently being run in twin single line method between Hitec City and the Jubilee Hills Check post and trains are brought to their respective “up” & “down” line directions by making use of the crossover line at Jubilee Hills Checkpost.

This temporary arrangement will continue till the reversal facility is completed and normal train working is restored mostly by this month-end, he said. There are eight stations on the Ameerpet-Hitec City route and there is massive demand to extend the Metro services till Raidurg for the convenience of several corporate and IT employees.

Every day, nearly 2.5 lakh passengers are travelling in the Metro services on different routes.

Though, initiatives like operating shuttle services by corporate companies from Hitec City and Duram Cheruvu stations and merrygo services by L&TMRHL, many passengers are demanding the launch of monthly passes and combined pass tickets.

The same was brought to the notice of Metro officials by corporate company representatives during a meeting held in March.

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