Hyderabad Metro Rail Becomes Second Largest Network In India
With the launch of another 11-km stretch on Friday, Hyderabad Metro Rail has officially become the second largest metro rail network in the country.
Telangana CM KCR flagged off of the metro train on Green Line stretch from Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) to Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), connecting the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
The 11-km 'Corridor II Green Line,' featuring 9 stations, connects the twin cities of Secunderabad with Hyderabad at the MGBS on the Musi river. It is expected to reduce travel time to just 16 minutes from one end to the other, as against 45 minutes by road, according to a source. It passes through several important landmarks like Parade Grounds, Musheerabad, RTC Cross Roads and Sultan Bazar.
Hyderabad Metro Rail is the world's largest public-private partnership project covering 69.2 km, the officials said.
The JBS-MGBS stretch is part of Corridor II JBS-Falaknuma (14.78 km). The work on the stretch from MGBS on Musi river to Falaknuma, the famous palace in the old city, is yet to start.
MGBS inter-change station, which is said to be the largest metro station in the country, connects the Green Line to Red Line or corridor I from L. B. Nagar to Miyapur (29 km). At JBS, Green Line is connected to Blue Line or corridor III from Nagole to Raidurg (29 km).
In November 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Miyapur-Ameerpet-Nagole stretch. In September 2018, another section Ameerpet-L.B. Nagar was opened. The third stretch between Ameerpet-Hitec City (10 km) was thrown open on March 20, 2019. Last year, in November, another 1.5 km stretch from Hitec City to Raidurg was opened. Hyderabad Metro is an already carrying over 4 lakh passenger with 780 trips every day.
Asaduddin Owaisi, president of AIMIM (a friendly party of the ruling TRS) tweeted, “Amazing that you have funds for JBS & MGBS, when will @hmrgov start and complete MGBS to FALAKNUMA?”
"The iconic Hyderabad Metro Rail project ranks among one of most prestigious projects that we have executed," said S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and Managing Director, Larsen & Toubro.