The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is likely to throw Corridor-3 of the project open soon as officials have conducted trial runs and are waiting for a safety certification from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS). If opened to the public, it will ease the commute between Ameerpet and Hitec City.
"We are expecting CMRS Inspection and Safety Certification in about a week. After that the inaugural date will be decided by the government. Opening of the 10-km Ameerpet to Hitec City stretch will be a game-changer not only for the Metro project but for Hyderabad city itself. In the next few years, it will make a huge difference in the travel characteristics of the city and improve the competitiveness of Hyderabad," Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing
Director N V S Reddy told PTI.
The stretch between Ameerpet and Hitec City has eight stations; Madhura Nagar, Yousufguda, Jubilee Hills Road No.5, Jubilee Hills Check Post, Peddammagudi, Madhapur, Durgam Cheruvu and Hitec City.
The HMRL had earlier said that the engineering and architectural aspect of the Corridor was challenging as there were sharp curvatures and steep climbs. The organisation also pointed out to the court cases that have been filed against acquisition of properties for the project.
In September last year, the Hyderabad Metro Rail commenced operations on the 16-km Ameerpet-LB Nagar line along one of the busiest corridors in the city. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan flagged off the train at the Ameerpet station in the presence of then Telangana Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, other ministers and top officials.
On November 29, 2017, the 30-km stretch between Uppal and Miyapur was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who also took a ride from Miyapur to Kukatpally stations.
This largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode was conceived way back in 2007, but took a decade to be thrown open to the public.
Works related to Corridor-II between JBS and MGBS are expected to finish by the end of 2019.