Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Hyderabad's Metro, takes first ride

A metro train runs on an elevated railway line during a trial run in Hyderabad

A metro train runs on an elevated railway line during a trial run in Hyderabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail here on Tuesday.

At Miyapur, Modi unveiled the Metro pylon, which are three steel arches. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao were among a host of others who welcomed the Prime Minister at the Begumpet airport. This is India's largest inaugural run for any Metro yet.

According to the sources, the first phase of Hyderabad Metro Tran project will be open for public from November-end 2017. The 30-km stretch in the opening phase is the longest for any metro in the country on inauguration, Rama Rao said. Each train will initially have three coaches accommodating 330 passengers in each coach. Also, the minimum fare of the metro has been fixed at Rs. 10 for a distance up to 2 kilometers and the maximum is at Rs. 60 for the distance of more than 26 Km. The trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm initially and the timings would be rescheduled to 5.30 am to 11 pm, depending on the requirements. With the launch of Metro malls in about a month, passengers will have the pleasure to dine, shop and relish a coffee, besides watching a movie as well at the malls.

The L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) has already installed sophisticated CCTV cameras at all the stations and on trains. They will be working under three police officials per station in each shift, HMRL officials said. The state government and project developer have announced metro rail fares a couple of days ago. Asked about the deadline for the completion of the entire project, he said it should be ready in a year's time.

"Will be in Hyderabad today, where I inaugurate the Hyderabad Metro and take part in the @GES2017".

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