Hyderabad Metro | Governor ESL Narasimhan takes a surprise ride in metro

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Governor Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan and his wife boarded metro train unannounced from Begumpet and travelled to Miyapur. Inspecting metro works nearby, HMRL MD Mr NVS Reddy received them at Miyapur

Hyderabad: E S L Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana took a surprise ride in Hyderabad Metro. While touring in the metro, the Governor made observations and shared with metro officials. He has advised that ‘art museums’ akin to that in Moscow Metro stations be developed at few stations.

Without any prior information, the Governor along with his wife visited the Begumpet metro station. Like a commoner he boarded the metro train to travel of Ameerpet.

The Governor also congratulated Managing Director NVS Reddy, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) and concessionaire L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited – agency constructing the metro rail project. As per an official release, Narasimhan has suggested that few metro stations in the city be developed into ‘art museums’ – a feature seen in Moscow Metro stations.

The Governor has also asked HMRL to set up more shops at Hyderabad metro station that will help in catering to daily needs of commuters.

Since the visit was not planned, the MD who was inspecting Kukatpally area was not aware about it. L&T staff had alerted the MD over surprise visit by the Governor. Reddy rushed to receive Narasimhan at Miyapur Metro station. The Governor at first declined the reception accorded to him by MD. But later on insistence accepted it on the pretext that commuters should not face any problem.

Reddy later on took the Governor and his wife around Miyapur Metro station. They were shown public spaces, art centre inaugural plaza, eco-friendly waterless urinals and several other facilities. Governor and his wife were very impressed by the station and various amenities provided to commuters.

It was last year in November that Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 30km stretch covering Miyapur and Nagole. This stretch is part of 72km long elevated metro network planned. As per the final plan there are 24 metro stations that are operational on the 30km stretch.

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