Countdown begins for Hyderabad Metro line launch

With just two days left, HMR is gearing up for the inauguration of services on the Ameerpet-LB Nagar route

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Sep 2018  12:13 am
MGBS Metro station is an interchange station on the Ameerpet-LB Nagar route. — Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: With just two days left for the launch of the Hyderabad Metro services on the Ameerpet-LB Nagar route, the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is gearing up for the occasion by deploying security and completing patchworks at the 16 stations along the route.

At each station, 12 private security guards and four supervisors will be deployed besides one Assistant Sub Inspector and two constables from the Police Department. In addition to this, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited will be deploying additional security forces.

Additional security forces will be deployed at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) Metro station, which is an interchange station on the route and one of the biggest Metro stations in Asia. There will be two shifts and for each shift, different personnel will be deployed to guard the stations. While the two shifts will be manned by private security personnel and the Police Department, the third shift will be manned by L&TMRHL guards, especially focusing on assets security as there will be no passenger movement during late night hours.

All the security personnel have been deployed and they have already been briefed by higher authorities including HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy, a senior HMRL official said.

On the existing Miyapur- Nagole route covering 30 km, over 500 security personnel are guarding the 24 stations. With four cameras in every coach and over 60 high resolution cameras at each station, Metro authorities are ensuring foolproof security arrangements. Apart from the station premises, there will be surveillance in all the areas, including parking, viaduct, tracks and depots.

In tune with the security arrangements, all other patchworks at the 16 stations are being taken up and efforts are on to complete them at the earliest to avoid any inconvenience to passengers.

Focusing on greenery and aesthetics, ornamental plants, flowering shrubs and ground covers are being arranged at LB Nagar, Victoria Memorial, Chaitanyapuri, Dilsukhnagar, Punjagutta, Erramanzil, Khairatabad and Lakdikapul stations. Nearly 4,000 flowering plants are likely to be planted from LB Nagar to Punjagutta stations.

All the entry and exit points are being checked thoroughly to ensure hassle-free access to the stations for passengers, especially at Malakpet, Dilsukhnagar, MGBS and other key stations, which are expected to witness heavy passenger traffic.

MGBS one of the biggest in Asia

Standing tall and spacious, the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) interchange Metro station will be the cynosure of all eyes on the Ameerpet-LB Nagar Metro route. Spread over 2.8 lakh square feet, MGBS Metro station is one of the biggest Metro stations in Asia. It is bigger than the existing Ameerpet interchange station in the city.

There are two concourse levels in the station. While, the lower level will be used for services on the Ameerpet-LB Nagar route, the upper level will be utilized for JBS-MGBS route, which is under construction. More importantly, for commuters using the Metro to reach the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) to catch a bus for their onward journey, final touches are being given to two skywalks at the MGBS Metro interchange station. While one skywalk is from the Gowliguda end to the MGBS, the other is at the Chaderghat end.

Apart from facilitating easy and direct access to the bus station from the Metro station for passengers, these facilities are also expected to ease traffic congestion on the ever-busy Gowliguda-Afzalgunj and Chaderghat roads.