Hyderabad: Hyderabad metro rail service, which is completing its two years of operation, has become the second-largest metro network in the country. Second, only to Delhi, Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) has recently seen an increase in its ridership from 1.51 lakh to 3.51 lakh.
The 52-day long RTC strike has also significantly contributed to the increase in metro ridership. A large number of citizens in Hyderabad take HMR for daily commuting, resulting in record footfall.
HMR is the world’s largest Metro Rail project in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Daily, the metro network carries four lakh passengers across 780 trips each day, covering 18,000 km.
Since its inception in 2017, the metro has commuted 12.5 crore passengers across the Hyderabad. In the last two years, the metro train covered 86-lakh km in 4.1 lakh trips.
With a total network of 56-kilometres spread across Hyderabad, HMR operates on three distinct lines — Miyapur-Ameerpet-Nagole; Ameerpet-Hitec City; and Ameerpet-LB Nagar. In the last two years, the metro has also sold 14 lakh smart card to citizens, thus facilitating a seamless journey.
HMRL's� corridor between Hitec City and Mindspace was put to operation on 29th November.
The extension of Hyderabad metro services till Mindspace was inaugurated by Ministers KT Rama Rao and Puvvada Ajay. Around 28kms of distance between Nagole and Mindspace junction will be covered from the Corridor-3.
This extension will also help the several IT employees working at the Mindspace Junction travel convieniently to their work places.
The employees travelling through shuttle services from Hi-Tech city and Durgam Cheruvu metro stations will now be able to travel till the Mindspace Junction which is close by to all the IT companies.
With the metro corridor-2 completed on the other side, A distance of 10kms from JBS ( Jubilee bus station) to MGBS (Mahatma Gandhi Bus station)� is set to be covered from the next month.