Hyderabad: If a record number of commuters, more than 2 lakhs, joined Hyderabad’s tryst with Metro Rail on Wednesday, the enthusiasm was no less on Thursday. The unprecedented response had the metro rail authorities revising their estimates and gearing up to cater to large crowds on Friday too.
And they were not disappointed with more than 50,000 commuters travelling by 4 pm and the authorities looking forward to touch the 1 lakh mark by the time the last service was operated.
Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao in the morning itself tweeted on a surge in commuters being noticed. He requested the city police and the metro rail authorities to stay on high alert and manage crowds.
Like on Wednesday, several denizens eager to experience the metro ride and those heading to workplaces started to flock the stations since morning and the numbers swelled with each passing hour. By noon, Ameerpet interchange bustled with large crowds changing trains.
Apart from the locals, several persons including some families from the nearby districts too landed in the city for a metro ride. At KPHB station, few families from Mahabubnagar who had actually come to Hyderabad for a marriage joined the commuters.
Later in the afternoon, Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy accompanied by HMRL Managing Director N V S Reddy and L&THMRL CEO & MD Shivanand Nimbargi inspected the security arrangements at Ameerpet metro station.
Though the operations remained incident free, complaints were made by commuters on lack of spaces earmarked to park their vehicles. At some places, the traffic police towed away vehicles that were parked in the pedestrian area and on the service roads near the station.