Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail today.
The 30 km-long first phase of the metro rail project between Miyapur and Nagole, having 24 stations, would be launched by the prime minister at 2:15 pm at Miyapur station. Its commercial operations would start tomorrow.
During its inaugural run, Modi and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will travel by the metro from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and back.
The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially and the timings would be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm, depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao said on Saturday.
He claimed that the Hyderabad metro rail is the most innovative and largest such project in the world in public private partnership (PPP).
The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two km and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 km.
The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) would also start feeder services for the metro, he said.
A smart card was launched on Saturday for metro rail passengers.
The card would be used for multiple modes of transport in future, Rao said.
A mobile application–‘T Savari’– would also be launched. The app provides quick interface for metro services.
Under the project, sky-walks will be also be built connecting the stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices, he said.
The state government has started its efforts for the second phase of the metro as well, the minister said.
Asked about the deadline for the completion of the entire project, he said it should be ready in one year’s time.