Hyderabad: The green signal is on.
In a major boost for the Telangana government’s plans to launch the Hyderabad Metro Rail later this month, the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has issued authorisation for the opening of the Mettuguda to SR Nagar via Ameerpet Interchange Metro Station route.
The CMRS approval for Stage 1 – Nagole to Mettuguda and Stage 2 – Miyapur to SR Nagar routes were already authorised for commissioning. With authorisation coming for the Mettuguda-SR Nagar route, which comes in between these two stages and connects them, decks have now been cleared for the seamless operation of Metro trains from Nagole to Miyapur via the Ameerpet Interchange Metro Station, the 30-km stretch which was proposed for the launch run and as the first phase of commercial operations of the much-awaited Metro services in Hyderabad.
L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited (LTMRHL), in a statement here on Monday announced that CMRS Ram Kripal and team from the Railway Safety Commission had inspected the civil works, track, RoB, viaduct, stations, electrical, signalling and train control, telecommunication, rolling stock and other railway systems of the Hyderabad Metro Rail, and conducted speed trials on the Metro train for three days from November 17 to 19.
“After checking various systems, CMRS has issued authorisation for the opening of Mettuguda to SR Nagar via Ameerpet Interchange Metro Station,” LTMRHL said in the statement.
“This authorisation will enable us to operate the Metro trains from Nagole to Miyapur via Ameerpet Interchange Metro Station seamlessly. CMRS approval for the Stage 1 – Nagole to Mettuguda and Stage 2 – Miyapur to SR Nagar have already been authorised for commissioning. This is a great moment for team LTMRHL and its partners, who have worked incessantly to make this happen,” Shivanand Nimbargi, MD & CEO, LTMRHL, said.
The complete stretch from Nagole to Miyapur via Ameerpet Interchange Metro Station, would be ready for operations and minor pending works would be completed shortly, he added.
The government and the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited had fast-tracked works on the project over the last few months and were aiming at a November 28 launch of the first phase of the Metro. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would be in the city for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that is being organized from November 28-30, has been invited to formally inaugurate the project.