Hyderabad: The metro services in the city have been extended by another hour. Chief secretary Somesh Kumar, on Monday, announced that the last train in each direction will now leave the terminal station at 1 pm instead of 11.45 am and reach the destination at 2 pm from Tuesday. There will be no change in the starting time and the first train will start from the terminal stations at 7 am.

The chief secretary on Monday traveled in the metro from Khairatabad station to Ameerpet to oversee the safety arrangements put in place at the metro stations. He was accompanied by HMRL MD, N.V.S. Reddy, L&T HMRL MD, K.V.B Reddy, and other officials. The chief secretary complimented the Hyderabad metro rail officials for providing excellent service by maintaining safety protocols at the metro stations during COVID times.

During the ride, the chief secretary interacted with the passengers and enquired about the metro services and safety measures. The commuters appreciated the facilities and safety arrangements. They requested the chief secretary to extend the timings so that they can reach their destinations comfortably after the closure of their offices and business establishments.

Earlier, The timings of the Hyderabad Metro Rail service have been rescheduled, following the extension of lockdown in the state of Telangana.

For the next 10 days, Hyderabad Metro Rail will start its first train from respective terminal stations at 7 am while the last train was going to start at 11:45 am and end at the respective terminating stations by 12:45 pm.

Telangana cabinet on May 30 decided to extend the lockdown in the state till June 9, 2021. The relaxation period in the morning has also been increased by three hours. From May 31, the relaxation period will be from 6 am to 1 pm.

The government also said that citizens stuck outside will be given an extra hour to reach home till 2 pm. However, post 2 pm, the lockdown will be very strictly implemented.

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