Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) which is transporting 2.3 lakh passengers every day through its metro rail network in the city is aiming for its ambitious 10 lakh figure in the coming years. The company is taking several measures to improve the last mile connectivity for the commuters, said the company’s top official at the Hysea’s annual infrastructure summit on Thursday.
Speaking about the progress and sustainability initiatives taken by the company, HMRL MD NVS Reddy said, “We are aiming to make Hyderabad a green city with our metro rail project. From easing commute to saving energy, we are going to make a major impact on the city. We are regenerating 39 per cent of energy through our innovative brake system, which allows us to give the feed, back to the grid. We are aiming for transit oriented development.”
He informed, “We have created skywalks at MGBS and Punjagutta stations and are in the process of creating one in Nampally soon. We have also created service lanes, which are segregated from the main road. We have also connected eight MMTS stations. In the last 18 months, we have transported 52 million passengers, reduced 30,000 tonne of carbon emissions, and saved 1.30 crore litres of fuel, 20 million unit kwh and 20 million litres of water through rainwater harvesting.”
The company is working on the airport connectivity that will ensure 20 minute commute from the IT belt. The project will take three years for completion once the works begin.
HMRL is also wooing different sections of society to its stations. For instance, it is creating an expo for women and children at Madhuranagar Metro Station, farmers and vegetable vendors at Baharathnagar by creating a Rythu Bazar near the station, dedicating Yusufguda station to youth, attracting children with its public spaces at Miyapur spread across 10 acres, and six acres in Nagole.
About 40 IT companies have begun shuttle services connecting the IT corridor. L&T has also rolled out free feeder bus services connecting Durgam Cheruvu, Gachibowli, HITEC City and the Financial District.