Hyderabad: The Metro Rail services, which emerged as an effective mode of public transport in a short span, now took further measures to reduce traffic congestion on Hyderabad roads by introducing shuttle services on the busy IT corridor.
If the launch of Metro services on the Ameerpet-Hitec City route last month came as a big relief for scores of IT employees and other workforce in Madhapur and its vicinity, the newly introduced shuttle services helps them reach their workplace in a much more comfortable way.
In tune with the increasing ridership, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited launched free shuttle services from Durgam Cheruvu station to Raheja Mindspace, Ascendas IT Park and Inorbit Mall. These services will be operated from 8 am to 12 noon and from 4 pm to 9 pm on weekdays.
In addition to these, 12 companies, involved in IT and ITES operations, and whose campuses are located on the IT corridor, also commenced shuttle services from Hitec City and Durgam Cheruvu stations for the convenience of their staff, Metro officials said.
According to the Metro officials, the average daily patronage on all routes increased to nearly 2.30 lakh passengers on weekdays. On Wednesday, the Metro ridership touched 2.60 lakh, including 9,000 paper tickets sold in connection with the IPL cricket match at Uppal stadium. “Every week, we are witnessing an addition of about 4,000 commuters in terms of patronage,” Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited Managing Director NVS Reddy said.
The introduction of shuttle services by the IT and ITES companies is a major step — their staff, on disembarking at Hitec City or Durgam Cheruvu stations, can get hop into the bus and directly reach their offices without having to hail shared autos or use other transport. “More such services are expected to be launched in the days to come,” an official said.
The introduction of shuttle services followed a series of meetings held by the HMR officials with representatives of these companies. They were advised to convert their existing long distance feeder buses being operated beyond LB Nagar, Uppal and Miyapur, among others, into short shuttle services between Metro stations covering about 4 km or 5 km radius.
HMRL eyes one million passenger target
HMRL, which transports 2.3 lakh passengers every day, is aiming for an ambitious 10 lakh figure in the coming years. The company is taking several measures to improve the last mile connectivity for commuters, said the company’s top official at the Hysea’s annual infrastructure summit on Thursday. 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 Hyderabad. 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”.