Hyderabad: For many it was their first ride in a Metro train on Saturday and though it was a short journey from Nagole to Mettuguda, they enjoyed every bit of it.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao led a team of his counterparts, MLCs and MLAs and leaders from Bharatiya Janata Party on the trip, during which many were seen capturing selfies and some of the Ministers sharing the pictures on social media. Most of them captioned their pictures saying ‘My City, My Metro and My Pride’ – the slogan of Hyderabad Metro Rail.
Earlier, Rao launched the “Swacch Metro” campaign and appealed to citizens to help the Metro authorities in keeping Metro stations and rails neat and clean.
The occasion also saw former Union Railway Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who was instrumental in launching the Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) way back in 2003, welcoming the launch of Hyderabad Metro Rail.
“It is a major development for the city. When MMTS was launched in the city, the response was lukewarm but today over 1.5 lakh passengers travel in MMTS trains every day,” he said.
“The key to success for a public transportation system is affordable fare, frequency and connectivity. People will need time to get used to Metro services and I am sure it will be successful in Hyderabad,” said Dattatreya.
Animal Husbandry Minister T Srinivas Yadav said the Metro would mark a new chapter in Hyderabad’s public transportation history. First it was city buses, then MMTS was launched and now Metro will take public transportation to a new level in city, he said.
Excise Minister Padma Rao said the Metro would help many employees, workers and students travel comfortably. Telangana Legislative Council Chairman K. Swamy Goud said Hyderabad was transforming into a global city, with the Metro to be the new jewel in its crown.