HMRL: All works to be completed by Oct 15

HMRL completes construction of stations; electrical and other works under way.

By Author  |  Published: 8th Sep 2017  1:06 amUpdated: 8th Sep 2017  1:58 am
File Photo: Metro Rail works getting completed.
File Photo: Metro Rail works getting completed.

Hyderabad: With Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) services all set to be launched from Nagole to Miyapur on November 28 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HMRL is making efforts to complete all works on the stretch by October 15.

There are 25 stations, including the interchange station at Mythrivanam in Ameerpet, all along the 30-km stretch. HMRL has completed the construction of the stations and at present electrical and other works are under way.

Soon after completion of these works, test runs will be conducted from November. This will be followed by safety certification to commence the full-fledged operations on the 30km stretch, HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy said.

HMRL has already obtained safety clearance for Miyapur-SR Nagar (12km) and Nagole-Mettuguda (8km) stretches. All the track works on the 30km stretch have been completed.

There are three bottlenecks — at Oliphant Bridge, Secunderabad, Begumpet and Ameerpet interchange stations. HMRL has successfully completed the civil works at these three bottlenecks, save for a few other works, he said.

The 30-km distance from Nagole to Miyapur, which is generally covered in one-and-a-half hours by bus, can be covered in about 45 minutes in a Metro.

Initially, the rakes to be operated on the stretch will have three coaches each. This will facilitate in carrying 1,000 passengers in one direction in one rake. In a phased manner, three more coaches will be added to one rake, enhancing the carrying capacity to 2,000 passengers in one direction, he informed.

“To begin with, the trains will be operated with a frequency of 10 minutes and once the operations are intensified, the frequency will be reduced to two minutes,” Reddy said.