November 28, 2017

Indian prime minister inaugurates Hyderabad metro

Written by  Srinand Jha
  • Print
  • Email
India's prime minister Narendra Modi boards the inaugural train. India's prime minister Narendra Modi boards the inaugural train.

INDIA’s prime minister Mr Narendra Modi and the chief minister of Telengana state Mr K Chandrashekhar Rao made an inaugural trip on November 28 to mark the completion of the first 30km section of the Hyderabad metro linking Miyapur with Nagole.

The first section comprises a 13km section of the Red Line from Miyapur to Ameerpet which is connected to a 17km section of the Blue Line from there to Nagole. With an expected daily ridership of 1.6 million passengers, the concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad, has decided to run three-car trains initially. Trains will be extended to six cars at a later stage.

L&T has been set a June 2018 deadline to complete construction of the elevated standard-gauge metro with all three lines totalling 169km targeted to begin operation by December 2018.

The Rs 159.6bn ($US 2.5bn) project is being built as a Public Private Partnership (PPP). L&T is responsible for construction, operation and maintenance of the project and is bearing most of the cost, with the Indian government responsible for the remaining 10%.

The project was conceived in 2007 and the state government firmed up a deal with Maytas Infra, with Navbharat Ventures, IL&FS and Ital Thai as consortium partners, in September 2008. However, the agreement was cancelled in July 2009 after Satyam Computers, the parent company of the Maytas Infra, became embroiled in a major financial scam. The project was revived in November 2012, after the entry of the Larsen and Toubro as a project partner.

Hyderabad metro

Get the latest rail news

IRJ Rail Brief newsletter covers global railway news