The first phase of the Hyderabad metro rail service in the Indian state of Telangana has been opened to the public.
The initial phase of the metro service covers a distance of nearly 30km and was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Telangana Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
It comprises a total of 24 stations across two lines, stretching from Miyapur to Nagole.
The 13km-long first section of the Red Line runs from Miyapur to Ameerpet and is connected to a 17km portion of the Blue Line, which terminates at Nagole.
Trains operating along the network will initially comprise three coaches that are able to accommodate 330 passengers each.
Commercial operations will run from 6am to 10pm and Smart cards will be offered for passengers travelling on the line.
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The number of coaches and operating times may be extended in future depending on customer demand.
The development was carried out under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, with L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&T MRH) being responsible for construction, operation and maintenance of the metro project.
Hyderabad Metro is anticipated to cover a total distance of 72km across three corridors following the completion of the full project.
The first corridor ranges from Miyapur to LB Nagar and the second runs from JBS to Falaknuma, while the third will operate between Nagole to Shilparamam.