Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro added yet another feather to its cap as Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao flagged off Metro corridor 2, the green line from Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) to Mahatma Gandhi Bus station (MGBS), on 7 February.
Union minister of state for Home affairs G. Kishan Reddy, Telangana minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T. Rama Rao, and senior officials from Larsen & Toubro, including CEO and managing director S.N. Subramanyan, and CEO and MD of L&T Metro Rail, Mr K.V.B Reddy, were also present.
KCR along with other dignitaries embarked on the maiden ride from JBS to MGBS to kick off the green line services. The 11-km Metro line has nine stations which connects the twin cities of Secunderabad with Hyderabad and is expected to reduce travel time to just 16 minutes from one end to another when compared to the 45 minutes it takes to travel by road.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail is now the second-largest operational Metro network in the country covering 69.2 kms.
The JBS Parade Ground Metro station, located next to Hyderabad's second-largest bus terminus, is one of the tallest Metro stations with five levels. It has been designed as a portal frame type RCC structure with columns on either side of the road and one in the central median with enough entries and exits. A skywalk connects it to the Parade Grounds station (interchangeable).
The MGBS Metro station (interchangeable) is spread over an area of three lakh square feet and is one of the largest in the country with several special features. Uniquely built, it houses the interchangeable corridor 1 and 2 and has three levels with each split into two as one corridor passes over the other. Passenger-friendly facilities are seamlessly integrated to enable easy and smooth transit from one corridor to the other.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Subramanyan, CEO and MD of L&T, said, " As builders of nations, we are proud to be doing projects that make the nation proud. The Hyderabad Metro Rail ranks among one of the most prestigious projects that we have executed. Today, with the inauguration of corridor 2, the people of Hyderabad will have a 69.2km-long state-of-the-art Metro rail that should definitely go a long way in transforming this wonderful city into a more modern and commuter-friendly one. Certainly, the Hyderabad Metro ushers in a new era of seamless commute in India."