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.
Global Entrepreneurs Summit, HICC, Hitec City, Hyderabad, Ivanka trump, PM Narendra modiImage Source: Economic Times
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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