Tuesday, 8 May 2012
L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd, the concessionaire of Hyderabad Metro, said it would commission the first phase of the project — Nagole to Mettuguda — in about three years. “We are supposed to complete the project in five years. But currently, we are thinking of commissioning it phase by phase. However, now our endeavour will be to complete the first phase, which we have taken up between Nagole and Mettuguda, in about three years,” Mr V.B. Gadgil, the chief executive and managing director of L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad), said on Tuesday.
The Nagole to Mettuguda stretch is a part of the Uppal to Shilparamam route. The other two routes are LB Nagar to Miyapur and Falaknuma to Jubilee Bus Depot. Mr Gadgil said that the project, which is one of the world’s largest PPP projects in the Metro Rail space, would draw inspiration from Hong Kong and Paris Metro Rail systems. “The coaches to be used in Hyderabad Metro would be better than the Delhi Metro,” he said. Dismissing the concerns that the speed of the Metro Rail would be limited as it was being implemented under the Tramways Act, Mr Gadgil said there were some provisions which allowed the government to implement the Metro Rail.
“The Metro Rail would have a maximum speed of 80 km an hour. But since it stops at all 65 stations, it would achieve an average speed of 38 to 40 km a hour,” he said. Though Mr Gadgil did not have much to offer on traffic problems due to the Metro work, he said L&T Metro’s traffic marshals would guide people on alternative routes.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMR) and Larsen & Toubro Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (L&TMRH) have decided to get at least 60 piers (pillars) ready on the Nagole-Mettuguda stretch before the monsoon sets in.
Foundation work for six piers is currently being done on the eight kilometre stretch labelled as stage one of the elevated metro rail project spanning 71.16 km across the three dense traffic corridors of the twin cities. Stage one forms part of the Line Three – Nagole to Shilparamam and it will have 305 piers.
Next month, piers foundation work for the second stage – Miyapur to S.R. Nagar, part of the Line One – Miyapur to L.B.Nagar, is to begin, according to HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy on Thursday.
Principal Secretaries – B. Sambob (Municipal Administration & Urban Development), S.P. Singh (Roads & Buildings), Premchandra Reddy (Finance), GHMC Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu, HMWSSB MD Adhar Sinha, APCPDCL MD Anantaramu, Cyberabad Police Commissioner Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, Additional CP (Traffic) C.V. Anand, L&TMRHL MD V.B. Gadgil and others, were present.
The operations and maintenance unit coming up at the depot will be the key nerve centre for all the metro rail activities across the three routes. Senior officials expect close to Rs. 1,000 crore to be invested in the depot alone.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
» The Metro Rail System has proved to be the most efficient in terms of energy consumption, space occupancy and numbers transported
» Hi-capacity carriers – very high volumes of peak hour peak direction trips
» Eco-friendly – causes no air pollution, much lesser sound pollution
» Low energy consumption – 20% per passenger km in comparison to raod-based systems
» Greater traffic capacity – carries as much traffic as 7 lanes of bus traffic or 24 lanes of car traffic (either way)
» Very low ground space occupation – 2 metres width only for elevated rail
» Faster – reduces journey time by 50% to 75%