Hyderabad: In a city where nearly 800 new vehicles are added every day and which is battling rising vehicular population, road widening and adding more carriageway are not the only solutions.
And that’s where the Hyderabad Metro Rail rises above the concept of public transport. Apart from offering a comfortable and hassle-free journey for Hyderabadis, HMR is expected to aid in reducing automobile emission levels as there is a probability of many switching from other vehicles to Metro once its operations begin.
The city’s current population is estimated to be around 10 million and this is expected to grow to 13 million by 2021. Given the rise in population, the number of automobiles is also expected to rise. “The need of the hour is better public transportation on the lines of the Metro,” officials said.
The 3,500-odd city buses transport nearly 33 lakh passengers a day while 126 MMTS trains carry over 1.5 lakh passengers a day. “Initially, we expect HMR to record an average ridership of about 45,000 to 50,000 a day on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch. This is far ahead of other metros, which register an average ridership of about 30,000 a day in the initial stage,” said a senior HMR official.
The entire project is designed to handle 50,000 Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic (PHPDT) for corridor I and III and 35,000 PHPDT for corridor II. With a train frequency of three to five minutes, the project is expected to carry about 22 lakh passengers a day by 2024, he said.
Apart from the facilities, the journey time is expected to be a major factor that will drive many towards the Metro. With a maximum speed of 80 kmph, the average speed of HMR trains will be around 34 kmph, which is on par with international metro trains.