Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) has set an ambitious target for itself. It aims to increase passenger footfall from the current 80,000 passengers a day to a whopping 15 lakh a day in just two years.
“Ameerpet-LB Nagar stretch(16km) and Ameerpet-Shilparamam(10km) will become operational by August and November respectively. This will push ridership from the current 80,000 to 5 lakh per day,” he said. “The entire first phase of the project — excluding the 6 km stretch between MGBS and Falaknuma — would be thrown open to the public by May next year.”
The stretch between Shilparamam and Raidurgam, which was earlier added to phase-I, would also be open by end of 2019, he said. “When all three corridors of Metro, covering 66 km — become operational, the ridership would go up to 15 lakh,” Reddy claimed. He also said that the frequency of trains is likely to get a boost over the next couple of years from the current 6.5 minutes during peak hours to one train every 3 minutes.
Regarding Phase-II expansions, he said that detailed project reports (DPRs) were being prepared and the report for Airport Express Corridor, between Raidurg and Shamshabad (30 km) that is estimated to cost Rs 4,645 crore, would be submitted to the State government soon. Expansion plans from BHEL to Lakdi-ka-pul (26 km), Nagole to LB Nagar (5 km) and also expansion plans to Airport from Falaknuma and LB Nagar are also being planned, with main aim to provide connectivity to the airport in a hassle-free manner from all corners of the city, NVS Reddy added.
Since the last five months, HMRL and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s (DMRC) engineers and experts have been conducting field surveys, soil tests and studies in different parts of the city to understand the feasibility of the project. He claimed “Hyderabad is fast emerging as a corporate hub and we can assure that no one will complain about the Metro service for the next 100 year”