On August 9 & 10, the Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety and his team held a 2 day inspection of Hyderabad Metro’s 12 km Miyapur – SR Nagar stretch! This section is the 1st stretch of the 29.87 km Miyapur – LB Nagar line and second overall to be ready. Trial runs on the 4.4 km Miyapur – Kukatpally stretch had started on May 8, 2015 after which L&T extended it further south to the SR Nagar station in October 2015. In May 2016, the concessionaire (L&T Metro Rail) received a Speed Certificate from the Railway Board following which they invited the CMRS to visit and inspect the line.
The 2 day safety inspection was carried out Prabhat Kumar Bajpai from the Indian Railways’ North Eastern Circle based out of Lucknow. His team’s visual inspection of the tracks & trains is mandatory and the last step before the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd. can commence commercial operations.
This section in north Hyderabad includes 10 stations at Miyapur, JNTU, KPHB Colony, Kukatpally, Balanagar, Moosapet, Bharat Nagar, Erragadda, ESI Hospital and SR Nagar:
Back in March 2016, the CMRS completed inspecting the 8 km Nagole – Mettuguda stretch of the 28 km Nagole – Raidurg line soon after which the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd. received approval to begin operations. Both these stretches of the network are unconnected and are not expected to bring in huge crowds due to which the Telangana government & HMR haven’t shown any interest in commencing operations until the mid-sections are ready. One recent report pointed to a Diwali (October-November) opening for both aided by bicycles to break the last-mile conundrum, but it remains to be seen if they will follow through with that.
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