With the inauguration of a new 16km long extension to the existing Hyderabad Metro Rail network from the Ameerpet metro interchange station towards L.B.Nagar in the city suburb from today, Hyderabad now has India’s second largest metro rail network after Delhi.

Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan flagged off an inaugural metro train of the 16-km stretch of Hyderabad Metro Rail on Monday, which completes the entire Corridor 1 of the network. With the new extension connecting Ameerpet station and L B Nagar, a total of 17 stations will be covered and the entire 29 kilometre long route all the way from Miyapur to LB Nagar is now operational for commuters of Hyderabad. Also, since the metro line is developed by privately owned Larsen & Toubro along with the state government, it is also world’s largest metro rail project under public-private-partnership (PPP) model which now.

 

The Corridor-1 is considered to be one of the most traffic dense regions of the city and new line is expected to double up number of passengers from 1 lakh to 2 lakh, daily. Hyderabad now has the country’s second longest metro route coverage that stretches to a total of 46 kilometres. Since Corridor 1 is completely complete and operational for public, L&T will now focus on building the remaining two corridors : Corridor Two – Jubilee Bus Station to Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (Imlibun)/Falaknuma – 15 km and Corridor Three – Nagole to HiTec City/Raidurg – 28 km.

Upon completion of the entire tri-corridor Hyderabad metro rail network, it will stretch along a total of 72 kilometres and is estimated to cost over Rs 20,000 crore. Besides building the metro line, the project also includes improving ground level infrastructure like footpaths, drainage systems, skywalks and much more. Also, trains will continuously run with a frequency of about 7-8 minutes and first train chugs in at 6.30 a.m. and last train 10.30 p.m.

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