Hyderabad: When Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) starts to chug on the elevated tracks from Nagole to Miyapur this November, it will be one of the longest metros in the world to have an inaugural run of 30 kms.
In India, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) holds the record for launching metro services covering 22 kms for the inaugural run in 2002.
But for Delhi, other metros in the country took off with shorter distances and even Kochi Metro, which was launched in June this year by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, only commenced operations with a run of 13.2 kms.
Metros usually are not launched with a longer distance, but start with small one and keep incrementing, said HMRL Managing Director, NVS Reddy. “HMR will be one of the longest metros in the world to be launched with such a long stretch,” he said.
The HMR stretch from Nagole to Mettuguda covering eight kms was ready for inauguration in early 2015 and the stretch covering 12 kms between SR Nagar and Miyapur was also ready in 2016. “All the necessary clearances, including safety certifications, were also obtained for the two stretches,” said an official with the HMRL.
But commercial operations could not be launched on these two individual stretches due to varied reasons, including apprehensions over revenue generation from them.
The government had instructed the HMR to complete the works on the entire stretch from Nagole to Miyapur. Accordingly, construction of steel bridge at Oliphant Bridge was completed recently and interchange station works at Ameerpet are under way.
HMR authorities are now working long hours to ensure all the works are completed for the launch which has been proposed for November last week.
On the sidelines of inspecting Oliphant steel bridge in September, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao had said launching services on short distances would not serve any purpose.
“A few States have launched Metro services on short distances of seven to 11 kms. Launching operations on the 30-km Nagole-Miyapur stretch will cover nearly 45 per cent of the entire project and no other State has launched a metro rail on such a massive scale,” he had observed.