Hyderabad Metro train operations between Ameerpet and the IT hub of Hitec City stretch of Metro Rail Corridor-III began today with Governor ESL Narasimhan flagging off operations.

The commissioning was done in low key as the model code of conduct is now in operation.

This long-awaited 10 km stretch with 9 stations will establish the crucial metro connectivity to the congested IT/ITES corridor and ease the pressure on commuters cutting down their travel time.

Overcoming innumerable court cases related to Right of Way and acquisition of the affected properties, several innovative engineering techniques were adopted to construct the Metro line and the stations in this stretch.

Construction of reverse facility beyond Hitec City station in front of Cyber Towers and Trident hotel is being done in a staggered manner as the narrow passage is wedged between Cyber Towers on one side and flyover on the other side and it will take a couple of months for completion.

Trains will initially run in a 5 km stretch between Jubilee Hills Check Post and Hitec City station following a traditional Railway practice of “twin single line method.” In this method the two tracks are treated as two separate single lines and trains are operated in both “up and down” direction on each line separately, till the “reversal” beyond Hitec City station is completed.

Two corridors of the three corridor 72 km elevated metro rail being implemented by L&T under PPP mode will now be fully operational.

The work on the stretch that seeks to connect Secunderabad with the Old City of Hyderabad is now underway and is likely to be ready by the year end. However, this will be minus a five km stretch that runs in the Old City beyond Musi river.

NVS Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail said with the commissioning of the line up to the Hitec City the number of passengers commuting daily on the metro lines is set to cross 3 lakh mark from about 1.8 lakh.

K.V.B. Reddy, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad CEO & MD said efforts were on to synchronise operations on this route with other lines.

A stretch of 1.5 km running up to terminal Raidurg station is also slated for completion later this year thereby completing Corridor III of 28 km.