Hyderabad Metro Rail Opens to Public

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project at the Miyapur station.
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Hyderabad Metro Rail Station                                                                                         Photo Source: News18

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail opened for public on Wednesday with the passengers describing their first-time travel by it as a “convenient, comfortable and awesome experience”.

The metro rail commenced its operations between Miyapur and Nagole, having a total distance of 30 kms and 24 stations, the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of the 72-km elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project at the Miyapur station.

After launching the 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, Modi took a ride on the train on its inaugural run.

The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially which would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao earlier said.

A mobile app named ‘T Savari’ for metro passengers was launched by Modi, who was also given a power-point presentation on the project at Miyapur station.

The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd has fixed a minimum of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.

An elderly couple, who took the ride on Wednesday, said they were very excited to travel in the metro for the first time and hoped that the cleanliness will be maintained at the stations with cooperation from public.

A woman software professional said, “It is amazing. It will help us in avoiding the traffic snarls and in saving travel time. It is very a convenient mode of transport and a comfortable ride.”

A city-based businessman said it normally took him 45 minutes to travel between Miyapur and Ameerpet by other modes of transport, but now with metro he reached his destination in barely 20 minutes. “It’s an awesome experience,” he said.

The passengers also congratulated the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL), and the Telangana and Central governments for providing them with them metro rail.

“Every project has its own share of challenges and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited has had its fair share, but despite all those we have built a world-class, consumer- friendly metro service that will be a benchmark for other metro rails in the country,” L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Shivanand Nimbargi said.

“This is the biggest public private partnership (PPP) in the world and we are proud to be a part of such an initiative,” he said.

The Hyderabad Metro Rail project is the first ‘transit oriented development’ (TOD) project that will exploit the real estate and earn revenue by leasing out commercial and office spaces inside and outside the metro stations across the city, an official statement said.

The rapid transit project has been planned with two components – stations along the elevated metro rail system and TOD branded ‘Hyderabad Next’.

Depending on the city’s appetite, ‘Hyderabad Next’ will be developed with various assets like office and retail spaces, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed use facilities, the statement said.

As many as 546 security personnel from private security service agencies will man the metro stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch, and they will be working under three uniformed police officials per station in each shift, it added.                                                                        Source: News 18

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Hyderabad Metro Rail open to public from Nov 28 evening

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* PM Narendra modi inagurates Metro Rail

*For now, the trains will have a 15-minute frequency

A long-cherished dream of denizens of the twin cities is slated to come true in four days with the Hyderabad Metro Rail authorities planning to throw open the service to public travel from Tuesday evening after the inaugural ceremony in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and others will participate.

Senior metro rail officials, not willing to be identified, indicated that steps were being put in place for running commercial operations on the 30-km Nagole-Ameerpet-Miyapur stretch traversing two Corridors of Corridor 1 – Miyapur to L.B. Nagar and Nagole to Hi-Tec City/Raidurg.

Ameerpet interchange station will be functional even if it will not be completed in all respects where passengers coming from Nagole will have to climb up a platform to catch another train to reach Miyapur. Similarly, riders from Miyapur wanting to go to Nagole will have to get down to another platform.

While the inaugural day may have commercial operations for a few hours after the official ceremony, metro officials are sure of regular operations beginning from dawn (5 a.m.- 6 a.m.) to night 10 p.m.-11 p.m. from Wednesday (Nov.29).

“There will be no free or joy rides. While we understand and expect a lot of enthusiastic crowds for the first few days, there will be restricted entry for ticket buyers alone and this can done through pre-paid cards or daily ticket tokens which will be made available at all the 24 stations en route,” they say. For now, metro trains on twin tracks overhead will have a 15-minute frequency (a train for every 15 minutes) for six months with restricted speed limits and it is likely to continue for some time with three cars with a carrying capacity of 1,000 passengers. Gradually, it will be increased to six car trains with a carrying capacity of 2,000 passengers.

Owing to statutory regulations and slow speeds up to 40 kmph with a station every kilometre or so, it could take 45 minutes each from Nagole to Ameerpet (17 km) and another 45 minutes from Ameerpet to Miyapur (13 km) for some time before the frequency is increased to a train every five minutes and speeds too increased, they added.

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Hitec City, Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump’s visit to India next week will not be just a trip to attend the business conclave as she will also be exploring this historic city of pearls.
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Ivanka Trump, who is also the advisor to the US President, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on November 28 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), located in Hitec City, the information technology hub housing  many US tech giants.

A business owner herself, she will also speak at a session with the theme ‘Women first, prosperity for all’. About 1,500 delegates, over half of them women, from 150 countries will participate in the three-day summit.

On evening of November 28, she will make a trip to Falaknuma Palace located on a hillock in the Muslim-majority old city of Hyderabad.

She will not only attend the dinner being hosted by Modi but will also get an opportunity to see the opulent palace, a symbol of a long Muslim rule and culture.

 

Trump, along with Modi and top US and Indian officials, will dine at 101-seater dining table, one of the longest in the world and a key attraction of the palace, which served as the residence of Nizam, the ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad State.

Built in 1893, the scorpion-shaped, all marble palace with its opulent interiors and breathtaking views was converted into a hotel by the Taj Group about a decade ago.

Trump will take a guided tour of Falaknuma, a majestic blend of  Italian and Tudor architecture.

 

Her visit to the old city might also include a sight-seeing trip to Charminar, the iconic symbol of Hyderabad and globally recognised monument, located about three km from Falaknuma and surrounded by densely populated neighbourhoods and dingy lanes.

An epitome of architectural marvel, Charminar with four distinct minarets, was built in 1591 by then ruler Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah to commemorate the founding of the city.

For any tourist, a visit to Hyderabad is incomplete  without Charminar.

Trump is also likely to go for shopping at Laadbazar, a market famous for Lac bangles and bridal wear, at Charminar.

While Trump’s schedule is being kept a closely-guarded secret by the US authorities due to a ‘high threat perception’, Telangana government officials have not ruled out the possibility of her visit to historic Makkah Masjid and Chowmohalla Palace, both located near Charminar.

Source: Economic Times

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Telangana government mulls “Monorail” in Hyderabad’s IT corridor

The Telangana government is contemplating to introduce monorail transport system in the city’s IT corridor to improve traffic movement, a senior official has said.

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Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary (IT), said this while addressing the ‘5th FM Council Summit’, organised by the Facilities Management Council (FMC) Telangana last evening, according to a release from the organisers.

FMC is the professional body of the facilities management industry in the state.

Noting that Hyderabad is still the preferred destination for investments, the official cited example of reputed firms increasing their staff strength in the city.

The desired green cover of 35 per cent in the IT corridor would be achieved in next two years, he said.

FMC is a platform to network and share best practices in the areas of office management, engineering operations, food and beverages, transportation, security, seat management, guest relations, environment, health & safety and building infrastructure, among others, said Satyanarayana Mangala, president of FMC, Telangana.         Source: PTI , ET Dt: 11.11.17

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