Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) fares are yet to be finalised though commercial operations on the first 30-km phase will be launched between November 28 and 30, HMR managing director N.V.S. Reddy on Friday.
He said the project developer L&T had been asked to submit proposals on fares which the government will examine and approve in October.
The price band was fixed at Rs 8 to Rs 19 in April 2011. In March last year, municipal minister K.T. Rama Rao told the Assembly that the price band would be Rs 13 to Rs 25 as per existing market costs. With costs shooting up due to the delay in completing the project, there are indications that the price band could be increased to Rs 20 to Rs 50.
Mr Reddy said a ‘seamless smart card’ and an app will be launched for commuters, which would cover RTC and Metro Rail services. He said that government does not owe any arrears to L&T. “The company had sought some funds from the government on the grounds of increased project costs but we made it clear that it would not be possible as per the agreement,” he said.
“We will build skyways to help Metro commuters to avoid crossing the roads to enter or exit the stations. RTC buses will be given priority to provide transportation for commuters at Metro Rail stations. We will launch electric vehicles,” Mr Reddy said.
32 stations will have parking faciities
Parking developed by L&T:
Ameerpet (Chalees Makanan)
Panjagutta (Govt. quarters)
Parade Ground (GHMC office)
Miyapur open land (terminal station)
Balanagar (Huda truck terminal)
Irrum Manzil (govt. quarters)
Malakpet (govt. quarters)
LB Nagar (open space before indoor stadium)
Falaknuma open land (terminal station)
Hitec City (NIFT/ ATDC land)
Nagole terminal station
Old Gandhi Hospital land (Sec’underbad west station)
Dhobighat land at MGBS
Kukatpally (school land)
Rasoolpura (Police quarters land)
Parking developed by HMR
Jubilee Hills check post
Sultan Bazaar (Putlibowli)