Hyderabad opens final section of automated metro
10 Feb 2020 by SmartCitiesWorld news team
The final 11km long section of the automated metro network of Hyderabad, India, has been inaugurated bringing the total length to 69km long.
The new line features seven new stations and connects central eastern Hyderabad to the two existing red and blue lines. All three lines, run by public transit system operator Keolis, have opened in just over two years.
Enhanced shared mobility
The new line provides a connection with three bus stations in the city serving the suburbs of Hyderabad. The metro network is connected to six railway stations (including Begumpet, Secunderabad and Nampally), creating shared mobility and multi-modal transport options for passengers.
According to Keolis, with three inter-line exchange hubs accessible to network passengers, travelling in Hyderabad, particularly at rush hour, is now safer and simpler for all citizens.
“Other extensions are now planned to take this project further and make the city a reference in shared mobility.”
In a city where more than 1,000 cars enter circulation every day, time spent using transport is more than ever at the heart of the concerns of the city’s inhabitants, it claims.
“As a public transportation service, the metro has helped to improve quality of life for Hyderabadis over the years,” said Nvs Reddy, managing director, Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMRL).
“Other extensions are now planned to take this project further and make the city a reference in shared mobility. This public private partnership has greatly enhanced the attractiveness of Hyderabad, thanks to excellent, effective collaboration between all parties involved.”
Keolis Hyderabad was awarded the contract to operate and maintain Hyderabad automated metro network by L&T Metro Rail in 2012. The first section of the network opened in November 2017. The 69km automated metro network carries more than 400,000 passengers daily and is forecast to carry one million passengers daily in the future.
“I am really proud to witness the completion of the Hyderabad metro network,” added Edward Thomas, managing director, Keolis Hyderabad.
“We will constantly seek to improve our service and transport Hyderabad’s residents and visitors using a safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly solution of shared mobility. Through this fruitful collaboration with L&T and HMRL, we will strive to take this world-class metro to the next level.”