PM Modi flags off Hyderabad Metro Rail

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The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) has finalized its fares on Saturday evening, three days ahead of the scheduled inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Nov. 28).

Mr. Modi, Mr. Rao and other select VIPs are to travel up to Kukatpally metro station and return without getting down.

Telangana governor ESL Narasimhan and MoS Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri were also present on the occasion. The 30-km-long first phase of the metro rail project between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations, would be launched at Miyapur station.

Telangana's Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao claimed that the Hyderabad metro rail is the most innovative and largest such project in the world in public private partnership (PPP) mode. The maximum fare for beyond 22 kilometers distance or from the originating point to the terminus (30 km) is Rs 60.

Each train will have three coaches with a carrying capacity of 330 in each coach and more number of coaches would be added up to a maximum of six as traffic increases.

Once the system stabilises and everyone - passengers and metro rail staff - get used to the operations, the number of trains (57 three auto trains in total) and frequency is to be gradually increased.

The Hyderabad Metro rail project is seeing the light of day after nearly 10 years of its commissioning.

The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) will run feeder services from and to Metro stations.

For the benefit of passengers, a mobile app (named "T Savari") would also be launched. Authorities said the balance 42 km of the total 72-km Metro rail service except certain parts in Old City as part of Corridor II (JBS to Falaknuma) will be completed by December 2018.

Asked about the deadline for the completion of the entire project, he said it should be ready in one year's time.

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