Narendra Modi to inaugurate Hyderabad (Telangana) Metro Rail tomorrow


Narendra Modi to inaugurate Hyderabad (Telangana) Metro Rail tomorrow

The much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and start commercial operations from 29 November. Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, the project which was once on the brink of collapse is finally coming to a reality.

The 30-kilometre stretch from Miyapur to Nagole will be open for public use from November 29. The 30-km-long first phase of the metro rail project between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations, would be launched by the prime minister at 2.15pm on Tuesday at Miyapur station. Modi, along with Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, will travel by the metro from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and back. The Hyderabad Metro Rail is the most innovative and largest such project in the world in public private partnership (PPP) mode. The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs60 for a distance of more than 26km. Each train would initially have three coaches and 330 people can travel in each coach.

The project was designed to carry 14 lakh passengers per day. The developer expects 50 per cent revenues from ridership, 45 per cent from real estate development and five per cent from advertisement.

In a city notorious for congestion and traffic jams, people now hope to get relief at least on the stretch connecting Uppal, a burgeoning suburb in the eastern part to Kukatpally, a densely populated neighbourhood near IT hub Hitec City in Western Hyderabad.

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