Hyderabad Metro frequency likely to be increased

After the CMRS gives its nod, the stretch will be operated in Communication Based Train Control

By Author  |  Published: 18th Apr 2018  11:44 pmUpdated: 19th Apr 2018  1:41 am
Every day, nearly 400 services are operated on the 30-km Nagole- Miyapur stretch with 18 trains

Hyderabad: The Metro Rail frequency on the 30-km Nagole-Miyapur stretch is likely to be increased in a few days with the mandatory inspection by Commissioner Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) on the Mettuguda-Ameerpet stretch completed on Tuesday night.

At present, the Metro services are being operated in manual mode between Mettuguda to Ameerpet. After the CMRS gives its nod, the stretch will be operated in Communication Based Train Control (CBTC), which will facilitate in increasing the train frequency.

L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (LTMRHL) is operating a train for about eight minutes between Miyapur to Ameerpet, and for about 15 minutes between Nagole- Ameerpet. The train frequency was likely to be increased to eight minutes on the Nagole-Ameerpet, following the CMRS clearance, said an official from LTMRHL.

Commuters have expressed their displeasure about train frequency, especially between Mettuguda-Ameerpet section, where the train speeds invariably slows down as they are being operated in manual mode.

Every day, nearly 400 services are operated on the 30-km Nagole- Miyapur stretch with 18 trains. The services are operated at a speed of about 30 kmph on the Miyapur-Ameepet and nearly 24 kmph on the Nagole-Ameerpet stretch.

The duration to cover the 30-km stretch in a Metro train is about 1 hour 20 minutes and this could be reduced to one hour after increasing the train speed and services.

Metro authorities have already completed the required testing for operating the services in CBTC mode on nearly six-km Mettuguda- Ameerpet stretch and are awaiting the clearance from CMRS, which is expected to be announced shortly.

Ever since the Metro services were launched in November last year, many commuters, especially employees are boarding in large numbers and finding it convenient.

Nearly 60,000 commuters are travelling in Metro services every day and the patronage increases considerably during weekends and holidays, officials said.

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