Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao flagged off the metro
train on Green Line stretch from Jubliee Bus Station (JBS) to Mahatma Gandhi
Bus Station (MGBS), connecting the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
The opening of metro service on this stretch will
facilitate movement of commuters between two largest and busiest Road Transport
Corporation (RTC) bus stations in Telangana. It passes through several
important landmarks like Parade Grounds, Musheerabad, RTC Cross Roads and
Hyderabad Metro Rail, second largest
operational metro network in the country
Hyderabad Metro Rail, the world's largest
public-private partnership project, is now the second largest operational metro
network in the country covering 69.2 kms, the officials said.
After inaugurating the stretch, the Chief Minister
along with some of his cabinet colleagues and senior officials travelled from
JBS to Chikkadpally.
The JBS-MGBS stretch is part of Corridor II
JBS-Falaknuma (14.78 km).
The stretch to reduce travel time to
just 16 minutes as against 45 minutes by road
The stretch, which has nine metro stations, is
expected to reduce travel time to just 16 minutes from one end to the other, as
against 45 minutes by road.
MGBS inter-change station, which is said to be the
largest metro station in the country, connects the Green Line to Red Line or
corridor I from L. B. Nagar to Miyapur (29 km). At JBS, Green Line is connected
to Blue Line or corridor III from Nagole to Raidurg (29 km).
It was on November 28, 2017 that Prime Minister
Narendra Modi had inaugurated first section Miyapur-Ameerpet-Nagole. In 2018,
second section Ameerpet-L.B. Nagar was opened. Third section Ameerpet-Hitec
City (10 km) was thrown open on March 20, 2019. Another 1.5 km stretch from
Hitec City to Raidurg was commissioned in November last year.
Hyderabad Metro, four lakh passengers with 780 trips every day
Hyderabad Metro is already carrying more than four
lakh passengers with 780 trips every day.
Barring MGBS-Falaknuma, the entire project has now
been completed. The 73-km elevated metro is the biggest metro project in the
world in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode at a total cost of Rs 20,000
"The iconic Hyderabad Metro Rail project ranks
among one of most prestigious projects that we have executed," said S.N.
Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro.
He hoped that this would go a long way to transform
Hyderabad into a more modern and commuter-friendly city.
"L&T is proud to have created a
best-in-class, eco-friendly urban mobility system for the people of Hyderabad
to global benchmarks to enhance commuter safety and comfort and reduce travel
time," said K.V.B. Reddy, MD and CEO, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd.
L&T used cutting edge technologies
lime CBTC, RRS for the project
He described it an engineering marvel. L&T
utilised cutting edge technologies like Communication Based Train Controls
(CBTC), and Regenerative Rolling Stocks for the project.