Hyderabad Metro to resume operations in phased manner

Hyderabad(Hyd), September 3 : After over 5 mos, Hyderabad(Hyd) Metro Rail is all set to reopen its activities from Sep Seven by functioning trains on 1 of its 3 corridors.

Following the Unlock 4.0 instructions released by this Center & the permission accorded by this state govt, Hyderabad(Hyd) Metro Rail on Thu. declared restart of solutions in a phased way.

Within the 1st stage, the Miyapur to LB Nagar corridor would be made operational from Sep 7. Although, the solutions would be operated from Seven a.m. to 12 afternoon & from Four p.m. to nine p.m.

The Nagole to Raidurg stretch would also be made operational from that next day. Within the 3rd stage, all 3 corridors would be operational from Sep nine with solutions from Seven a.m. to nine p.m.

Frequency of trains going to be about 5 minutes. It’ll be enhanced (or) decreased on the basis of passenger traffic & to avoid crowding, stated Hyderabad(Hyd) Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.

5 stations falling within the confinement areas going to remain closed. They’re — Gandhi Hospital (3), Bharat Nagar, Moosapet, Musheerabad & Yusufguda.

N.V.S. Reddy conducted a gathering with Landamp;T Metro Rail (Hyderabad(Hyd)) Limited MD K.V.B. Reddy & Sr. authorities of HMRL & Landamp;T MRHL on the preparedness & safety steps to be taken for restart of solutions.

The gathering evolved the broad instructions & the standard functioning methods (SOPs). to make sure physical distancing, suitable markings going to be made in the stations & inside the trains. Alternate seats going to be marked ‘X’ inside the train & kept vacant.

“Wearing face mask is mandatory for everyone passengers & employees. Metro Rail going to make arrangements for delivery of face masks on payment basis to the people arriving without mask. Suitable penalty according to the rules shall be enforced for any violation,” Reddy stated.

Only asymptomatic people going to be permitted to travel after thermal testing in the entry point of the stations. Symptomatic people would be advised to go to a close by COVID-19 Care Center/hospital (3) for checking/medical attention.

Pedal sanitisers going to be kept in the entry points for the passengers. Proper PPE kits & sanitisers going to be given to the employees/security personnel, who’re likely to be in proximate contact with the commuters for longer duration.

Clever cards & mobile QR tickets with cashless/on-line transactions going to be encouraged.

Hyderabad(Hyd) Metro, that had discontinued commercial activities from Mar 22, going to be resuming the solutions after 169 days. It has been functioning 55 trains carrying regarding 4.five lakh passengers each day before the lock-down.

The 73-km elevated metro is the largest metro project within the globe in people private partnership (PPP) model in a overall cost of INR 20,000 cr.

Landamp;T MRHL, the private partner within the project, is estimated to have suffered INR 300 cr loss during this last five-and-a-half mos.

Although, those associated with the project say that it’ll take (2) a quite long time before the Metro can return to pre-COVID-19 days as business operations are yet to back to regular & citizens are still scared to travel.

Landamp;T MRHL is recorded to be in search of the state govt’s help until things completely back to regular. The govt has allegedly ensured Landamp;T that it’ll extend all subsidies & fiscal help to recover the earnings lost during this lock-down period.

Before the outburst of COVID-19-19, the project has been doing well by breaking new reports in terms of passenger patronage.

The Landamp;T MRHL has been creating operational profits however the authorities had estimated that it can take (2) the other 7-Eight yrs. for the project to approach break-even. As of now with COVID-19-19 & its long-term effect, this is likely to gain furthermore delayed.

In Feb this yr., with the start of the 11-km stretch from that Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) to the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Hyderabad(Hyd) Metro Rail has become the 2nd highest metro rail network within the nation after Delhi(DL), covering a gap of 69.two km.

Barring the 3.78 km stretch from MGBS to Falaknuma, the popular palace within the old city, the overall project was finished.

The project has been inaugurated in Nov 2017 with the opening of the Miyapur-Ameerpet-Nagole segment. Subsequently, 3 different sections have been opened.