L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd will increase the frequency and speed of metro rail services from 6 am on Saturday, April 21.

After checking the functioning of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system, the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) Ram Kripal has issued the certificate to adopt the CBTC.

This enables the metro to run trains with increased frequency and speed on the Nagole-Ameerpet section of Blue line.

During peak hours (8 am to 11 am) and (5 pm to 10 pm) trains will run on a frequency of 7 minutes.

During non-peak hours, the frequency will be 8 minutes on both Red (Miyapur to Ameerpet) and Blue (Nagole to Ameerpet) lines. The Red and Blue line trains at Ameerpet Metro station will be synchronised to enable smooth and efficient passenger transfer.

NVS Reddy, MD, Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd, said in a statement, “This augurs well for Metro Rail commuters and the frequency will be further increased as per demand in future.”

KVB Reddy, MD & CEO, LTMRHL, said, “We are committed to provide best in class metro rail services to the citizens of Hyderabad and this is a step in that direction.”

Nearing completion

The $3-billion metro is at advanced stage of completion with a stretch of about 30 km of the 72-km-long metro rail commissioned in November 2017. Works on other sections are at advanced stage.

Two lines are expected to be fully commissioned during the second half of this year.