HYDERABAD (Metro Rail News): Chief Minister Telangana Shri K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) will flag off the much-awaited Metro Rail services on the Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) – Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) of Hyderabad Metro on Friday at 4 pm. This will be an extension of the public transportation facility for passengers shuttling between the north and south ends of the city.
With services on the LB Nagar-Miyapur and Nagole-Raidurg corridors, Hyderabad Metro already extends east and west connectivity in the city, another 11 km of Metro network will be added to the existing 58 km with the launch of commercial operations on the JBS-MGBS route. The 69-km network signals the completion of Phase I of the Metro project in the city.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao tweeted “Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will inaugurate the JBS-MGBS Metro line on February 7 at 4 pm.”
The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) had issued the mandatory safety certificate for the route last month. JBS-MGBS section is part of the JBS-Falaknuma corridor and has nine stations — JBS-Parade Grounds, Secunderabad West, Gandhi Hospital, Musheerabad, RTC Crossroads, Chikkadpally, Narayanguda, Sultan Bazaar and MGBS.
All the technical specifications and safety standards, especially dummy passenger evacuation tests and degraded mode operation tests etc., were completed as Hyderabad Metro Rail has been conducting trial runs for the last 45 days.
The emphasis was on signalling and safe train separation tests, brake test by the signalling and train control system, OHE-Rolling stock (Metro coaches) current collection tests, and passenger information announcements and display tests.
Currently, over four lakh passengers are travelling daily on the other two corridors. Every day, about 780 trips are being operated, covering 18,000 km, with the punctuality of 99.8 per cent.