HYDERABAD (Metro Rail News): The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) Limited is targeting to carry 1 Million (10 lakh) passengers a day in the next two years from the 2.33 lakh passengers now.
The officials are confident of completing the last leg of the route connecting the Jubilee Bus Station in Secunderabad with the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in the Old City by Nov 2019.
HMR Managing Director NVS Reddy said that the Metro had carried 5.20 crore passengers so far since its launch while addressing a conference on infrastructure organized by the Hyderabad Software Exporters’ Association (HYSEA) on April 19, 2019
He said the government is building shopping and entertainment infrastructure around the Metro stations to help passengers cut down on the time they spend on the roads.
“The works on the 30-km Metro stretch connecting the IT hub areas with the international airport would begin later this year” he added
“It would change the way people commute to their workplace. They can reach the airport in just 20 minutes,” he said.
He said We proved sceptics wrong by making a novel public-private partnership to build the Metro a success. The financial burden on the State government is very low.
Karuna Gopal, President of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, said urban areas needed both soft and hard infrastructure. “You need to have soft infrastructure that ensures friendly governance. You need to negotiate with the States to meet the housing targets,” she said.