Electric vehicles for Metro passengers

Customised autos, feeder buses to shuttle from colonies to stations.

By Author  |  Published: 6th May 2017  11:32 pm
Hyderabad Metro Rail
File Photo: State-of-the-art facility: Among 64 Metro stations, 32 will have parking and circulation areas.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail passengers will have the comfort of reaching the stations in electric vehicles and feeder buses from their respective colonies.

Going the green way, the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is providing electric vehicles besides feeder buses for feeder trips. There will be sufficient electric vehicles (customised autos) and all the Metro stations will be equipped with facilities for charging the vehicles and replacing used batteries with recharged batteries, HMRL managing director NVS Reddy said here on Saturday.

These apart, there will be sufficient bicycles. About 10,000 cycles will be provided at 400 bike stations. The idea is to discourage people from using personal vehicles. Usage of electric vehicles will help in reducing carbon footprint and noise levels, and can easily manoeuvre through lanes and bylanes apart from promoting employment opportunities, he said.

“We will be increasing the number of vehicles as per demand. Electric vehicles will be in great demand in future and this initiative will help a lot,” said Reddy.

The HMRL authorities are laying emphasis on provision of multiple facilities, especially sufficient parking for passengers at the stations. Among the 64 metro stations, 32 stations will have parking and circulation areas. On the other hand, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited is developing parking and circulation areas at 17 stations and HMRL is working on 15 stations.

There will be vertical multilevel parking lots and multilevel cellar parking lots, he said. Focus is on multi-modal connectivity by integrating Metro stations with existing rail terminals, MMTS stations, bus depots etc. Smart travel cards will be launched facilitating passengers to use them for bicycles, electric vehicles and feeder buses, he said.