Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of the Hyderabad Metro rail project. He then joined Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take part in the inaugural ride from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and back. The first phase of the project, a 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole, will cover 24 stations including Ameerpet and Secunderabad.
The fares are fixed between Rs 10 and Rs 60, and passengers can also avail the smart card facility. 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.
3.00 pm: PM Modi will now head to the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) for the opening of the eighth edition of the three-day GES. He will also host a dinner tonight at the Taj Falaknuma Palace before concluding his Hyderabad visit.
2.45 pm: Some of the highlights of the Hyderabad Metro rail are are road-level ramps for wheelchairs, wide corridors for easy maneuverability at stations, extra wide automated fare collection gates, spacious lifts with Braille buttons and a tactile strip till the edge of the platform to help the visually challenged navigate better.
2.38 pm: IT Minister K Taraka Rama Rao had previously said 35 women loco pilots will be steering the Hyderabad Metro trains.
2.35 pm: The metro will be thrown open to the public from 6 am tomorrow. The services will run until 10 pm.
2.30 pm: PM Modi and Chief Minister KCR have embarked on the inaugural metro ride from Miyapur. The seven-minute trip will see them travel to Kukatpally metro station, and back.
2.20 pm: PM Modi has officially inaugurated the Miyapur metro station. An audio & visual presentation highlighting the Hyderabad metro project is being shown.
2.10 pm: We are now waiting for PM Modi to arrive at the Miyapur metro station to launch the Hyderabad metro rail project.