Hyderabad: Minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T. Rama Rao and minister for transport Puvvada Ajay Kumar on Friday flagged off the Hyderabad Metro Rail service from Hitech City to Raidurg at the Hitech city metro station.
Soon after, they took a ride on the metro and travelled from Hitec City to Raidurg.
Speaking at the flag-off, Mr Rama Rao said: “This service is already carrying about four lakh commuters per day; this 1.5 km stretch will add another 40,000 passengers initially and help provide seamless travel to many IT and ITES establishments in this part of the city.”
He also directed Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd officials to finish building footpaths and other facilities at Raidurg metro station in the next two weeks.
HMRL managing director N.V.S. Reddy, said Metro trains were running 780 trips daily covering 18,000 km and that the service has carried 12.5 crore passengers in the last two years.
He said Hyderabad Metro has so far received 98 awards and was judged the best Metro in the world in terms of passenger satisfaction by global public transport operator Keolis.
Managing director of L&THMRL, Mr K.V.B. Reddy, said the Hyderabad Metro Rail is a “key pillar of our city’s infrastructure. It reflects L&T Group chairman A.M. Naik’s vision and L&T’s commitment towards nation building.”
Hyderabad Metro Rail is an example of advancement of technology in providing transport solutions that make life easier for people, he added.