Hyderabad: One of the most awaited routes of the Hyderabad Metro Rail, Ameerpet-Hitec City, is likely to be its busiest one. Services on the route, on which Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited already launched trial runs and is gearing up for inspection and clearance by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), is expected to ease traffic congestion in the busy areas of Yousufguda, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur and Hitec City.
“After the launch of the Metro services on the route, there are possibilities of private cars and cabs ferrying employees on the IT corridor going off the road. This is because many employees will prefer to take the Metro rather than getting stuck in traffic,” a senior official from the Cyberabad Traffic Police said.
HMRL officials are expecting the route to witness heavy footfall like in the case of the Ameerpet-LB Nagar route. Recently, the overall Metro patronage crossed 30 million passengers cumulative milestone in 351 days (less than a year) and from 20 million to 30 million in just 71 days.
Sensing the demand for Metro in the IT corridor, the Metro officials are making all efforts to launch the service at the earliest. Trial runs were launched on the route on November 29 and all civil works are being expedited at the stations even while waiting for the mandatory CMRS inspection.
Various aspects — technical, security and amenities, among others — will be checked by the CMRS team before according clearance for the launch of commercial operations on the route. Since the train reversal facility beyond Hitec City station up to Hotel Trident will take a few more months, 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. Each railway line works as an independent single line and trains are operated in both up and down directions on the same line.