Hyderabad: It has been more than a month since Hyderabad Metro Rail commenced operations in the city, evoking patronage much beyond expectations of authorities. However, the much talked about and anticipated last mile connectivity continues to elude Metro passengers.
On an average, every day more than one lakh passengers are travelling on the Nagole-Miyapur stretch. Though, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) inked a pact with cab aggregators and bicycle clubs and organisations for extending last mile connectivity, many commuters are still finding it difficult to reach Metro stations.
To facilitate commuters, TSRTC too launched 50 buses on different routes from residential colonies covering IT corridors in Madhapur, Gachibowli and other areas. Yet many Metro passengers feel that more buses need to be operated to make Metro trains a convenient affair.
“I still board an auto or depend on personal transportation to reach the Metro station. This needs to be addressed,” said Nithik Reddy, a regular passenger from Uppal.
However, TSRTC officials said buses were being operated regularly on different routes and that the seat occupancy in buses was promising during peak hours.
A majority of buses from Mythrivanam to Waverock, Bachupally to Waverock, JNTU to Waverock, Gandimysamma to VBIT etc were evoking good response from Metro passengers during peak hours. Same was not the case during non-peak hours, said a senior official.
At the same time, though many buses were being operated to Ameerpet from Yousufguda, Kukatpally, Jagadgirigutta, GBR Colony etc., many were not boarding these buses. At present, the seat occupancy was about 50 per cent in Metro buses and this was not sufficient, the official said.
Things were expected to improve once Metro commences operations to Hitec City. Even then, one major problem that remains to be addressed was that not many stations had adequate parking space for buses to halt, the official said.