Hyderabad: The Metro Rail is all set to make its tryst with the bustling IT corridor of Hyderabad in the next few days. Having completed all mandatory clearances, the commercial operations of the much-awaited services on the Ameerpet-Hitech City route will commence as a low key affair since the model code of conduct is in place for the Lok Sabha elections, according to a press release.
The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) accorded the mandatory approval for commencing commercial operations on the 10-km route a few days ago. HMRL launched the trial runs on the route on November 29 last year.
Since the train reversal facility beyond Hitech City station up to Hotel Trident will take longer for completion, Metro officials decided to operate the services on the route in ‘twin single line method’. Under this method, a double line railway track functions as two separate single lines where each railway line works as an independent single line and trains are operated in both up and down directions on the same line, as if they are two independent lines.
Currently, nearly 1.75 lakh passengers travel every day on the existing routes of Miyapur-LB Nagar and Nagole-Ameerpet, covering 46 km. Once the Metro services commence on the Ameerpet-Hitech City route, officials expect the patronage to increase steadily and substantially.
The launch of Metro services on the Hitech City route will provide much-needed additional transportation service for many employees working in the IT hubs of Madhapur, Gachibowli, Kondapur and neighbouring areas.
HMRL will deploy security personnel at the stations, including Madhuranagar, Yousufguda, Jubilee Hills Checkpost, Peddamma Temple, Madhapur, Durgam Cheruvu and Hitech City, on the route. As many as 32 security supervisors, 112 male security guards and 48 female guards will monitor security at the stations. They will be involved in guarding, security and ensuring free flow of traffic at street level and removing encroachments for Metro stations. They will work in two shifts.