Hyderabad: Putting to rest speculations over when Hyderabad Metro Rail will begin operations, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao said the much-awaited mode of transport will go live much before the year-end.
The Minister, replying to a query from a Twitter user on Friday, said the Metro will run “actively on 59 km”. “It will start operations in phases,” he said in a reply to Sai Dutt.
Dutt was not the only one who asked about the commencement of Metro Rail services in Hyderabad. The number of questions on this subject increased over the last few days.
Recently, while interacting with the media, HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy said operations will commence on the SR Nagar-Miyapur stretch this year. He also said the government will shortly announce the date when the facility will be thrown open to the people.
The project is being carried out at a brisk pace, with works on Corridor I (Miyapur-LB Nagar) and Corridor III (Nagole–Hitec City-Raidurg) likely to be completed by this year-end, he said. Corridor II will be completed till the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station by next year.
Meanwhile, HMRL authorities are constructing two pocket tracks — on Corridor I and Corridor III — to park trains temporarily in case of any breakdown. The idea is to ensure operations of the trains without any disturbance. The pocket tracks will be short tracks constructed between the main up and down tracks. These will facilitate the HMR authorities to park a train in case of a breakdown. After repairs, the train can be shifted from the pocket track to a depot for a checkup before resuming operations, Reddy said.
The pocket track on Corridor I will come up between Punjagutta and Erramanzil and the one on Corridor III will be near Hyderabad Public School in Begumpet. Citing the short distance, HMRL is not keen on a pocket track on Corridor II (Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma).