E S L Narasimhan inaugurated the busiest Ameerpet-LB Nagar metro rail line on Monday in the presence of Telangana Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, other ministers and top officials.
With the 16-km long line and the 46-km length operational, the Hyderabad Metro has become India’s second largest metro rail network after Delhi.
The Ameerpet-LB Nagar line completed the first corridor of the elevated Metro Rail from LB Nagar to Miyapur (29 km), connecting the north-western and the south-eastern parts of the city through its core.
The 16-km stretch thrown open on Monday has 17 stations. It passes through one of the most congested traffic corridors, which includes areas like Lakdi-ka-pul, Assembly, Nampally, Moazzam Jahi Market and Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Malakpet and Dilsukhnagar.
The metro station which has come up at MGBS is one of the biggest in Asia.
A key feature of the Ameerpet-LB Nagar stretch is the proposed development of 5 km heritage precinct between Assembly and MGBS with Deccani stone pavers, railings in Indo-Persian architectural style and period street furniture.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Hyderabad Metro in November 2017 with the commencement of service on the Uppal-Miyapur route. According to officials, an average of 85,000 passengers were using the metro service on a daily basis.
The opening of Ameerpet-LB Nagar marks a key milestone in the development of the 72-km elevated metro project.
Billed as the largest metro project in the world in Public Private Partnership (PPP), it is being built by infrastructure giant L&T at a cost of over Rs 14,000 crore.
KTR described the Hyderabad Metro as the best metro in the country with modern technology, good quality and innovation.
The minister said metro stations had world-class amenities and multiple transport options for first and last mile connectivity. Bicycles and electric vehicles have also been provided at the stations in addition to the other modes of transport.
He said the state government was spending Rs.3,000 crore on land acquisition for the project while the central government has chipped in with Rs.1,450 crore as Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for Rs 14,132 crore project.