On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the Hyderabad Metro Rail and also took a first ride along with Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. The metro rail’s first phase covers a 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations. The Hyderabad metro train will start for the general public from Wednesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accompanied by the governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan, Union minister for housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Telangana’s IT minister K T Rama Rao and state BJP chief K Laxman in the train’s maiden run. The Telangana’s information technology minister K T Rama Rao said last week that the trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm in the starting and the timings would be rescheduled to 5.30 am to 11 pm, depending on the traffic and demand.
Rao added that the Hyderabad metro rail is the most innovative and largest such project in the world in public-private partnership (PPP). The price fixed for a minimum distance of up to two km of Rs 10 and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 km. Every train would have three coaches in the starting and 330 people can travel in each coach. Rao said that number of coaches could be increased to six relying on the traffic.