Modi to inaugurate Hyderabad Metro on Nov 28

Modi to inaugurate Hyderabad Metro on Nov 28

Modi to inaugurate Hyderabad Metro on Nov 28

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate  the 30-km stretch of the first phase of the 72 km-long Hyderabad Metro on November 28.

The unveiling of a pylon at the Miyapur station, abutting the Mumbai-Hyderabad highway to mark the inauguration, will  coincide with the three-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) attended by US President Donald Trump's daughter  Ivanka Trump.

Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) sources said  that  after the inauguration ceremony Modi will be travelling  on the metro train for 13 km along with the state Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Considered as one of the biggest project under public-private participation (PPP), the   rail project commenced in April 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs 14,000 crore. Later, it was revised  to Rs 18,500 crore.

While the Telangana government has sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore, Rs 2,240 crore has been spent so far.

The Centre will be funding Rs 1,458 crore for the project, of which it has released Rs 958 crore. The project is being executed by Larsen and Toubro.

The government is planning to take up phase two of the HMR by extending it to international airport at Shamshabad for better connectivity.  

The Hyderabad Metro has several firsts on its credit such as women metro drivers and former service men providing security to all the 24 stations on the 30-km long inaugural stretch.  

Bicycles will also be provided on rent for enthusiasts who wish to ride from the metro station to their workplace and back. All the stations are differently abled friendly, including the visually challenged. All platforms have strips in Braille to guide the visually challenged.