|Owner||Government of Telangana (10%)|
Larsen & Toubro (90%)
|Locale||Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Transit type||Rapid Transit|
|Number of lines||2 |
|Number of stations||48|
|Daily ridership||300,000 |
|Chief executive||N. V. S. Reddy|
|Headquarters||Metro Bhawan, Begumpet, Hyderabad|
|Began operation||29 November 2017|
|Operator(s)||Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd. (HMRL)|
|Headway||3.5 - 6 minutes|
|System length||72 km (45 mi)|
56.5 km (35.1 mi) (Operational)
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV, AC Overhead catenary|
|Average speed||35 km/h (22 mph)|
|Top speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Hyderabad Metro is a rapid transit system, serving the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It is the second longest operational metro network in India after the Delhi Metro(250 stations) with 48 stations and the lines are arranged in a secant model. It is being funded by a Public Private Partnership (PPP)), with the state government holding a minority equity stake. A 30 kilometres (19 mi) stretch from Miyapur to Nagole with 24 stations, was inaugurated on 28 November 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the longest rapid transit metro line opened in one go in India. It is estimated to cost ₹18,800 crore (US$2.7 billion). As of June 2019, about 300,000 people use the Metro per day. Trains are crowded during the morning and evening rush hours. A ladies only coach was introduced on all the trains from 7 May 2018.
- 1 History
- 2 Network
- 3 Construction phases
- 4 Lines
- 5 Depots
- 6 Reception
- 7 Cost
- 8 Infrastructure
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
To respond to rising public transport needs and mitigate growing road traffic in the twin-cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the State Government and the South Central Railway jointly launched the Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) in August 2003. In 2003, as Hyderabad continued to grow, the MMTS had insufficient capacity for public transport, and the Union Ministry of Urban Development approved construction of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, directing the DMRC to conduct a survey of the proposed lines. The initial plan was for the metro to connect with the existing MMTS to provide commuters with alternate modes of transport. Simultaneously, the proposals for taking up the construction of MMTS Phase-II were also taken forward.
On March 26, 2018, Telangana Govt announced that it would set up a SPV "Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited (HAML)", jointly promoted by HMRL and HMDA, to extend the Blue line from Raidurg to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad under phase-II after the completion of Phase-I in 2019.
The bidding process was completed by July 2008 and awarded to Maytas which failed to achieve financial closure for the project as per schedule By March 2009. In July 2009, the State Government cancelled the contract and called for fresh bids for the project.
In the July-2010 rebidding process, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) emerged as the lowest bidder for the ₹121.32 billion (US$1.8 billion) project. L&T came forward to take up the work for about ₹14.58 billion (US$210 million) as viability gap funding as against the sanctioned ₹48.53 billion (US$700 million).
Awards and nominations
L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (LTMRHL) has been conferred the SAP ACE Award 2015 in the 'Strategic HR and Talent Management' category.
In 2018, Rasoolpura, Paradise and Prakash Nagar metro stations were awarded Indian Green Building Council's (IGBC) Green MRTS Platinum Award.
Hyderabad Metro was adjudged as the Best Urban Mass Transit Project by the Government of India, in November 2018.
Construction Mile stones
- Groundbreaking (Bhoomi Puja) for the project was conducted on 26 April 2012 the concessionaire started the pillar erection on the same day for Stage-I and on 6 June 2012 for Stage-II. The work for Corridor 2 has been delayed due to traders in Koti and Sultan Bazar demanding realignment of the route to safeguard traders and old age heritage markets. If the recent bill proposed in Parliament which allows construction within a 100 metre radius of heritage structures and sites of historical or archaeological importance is passed, Metro might receive a chance as it helps to connect the Old city with IT corridor.
- The construction of the entire 71.16 km has been split into 6 stages with the first stage originally scheduled to be completed by March 2015
- In November 2013, L&T Hyderabad Metro started laying of rails on the metro viaduct between Nagole and Mettuguda, a stretch of 8 km.
- The first highly sophisticated train of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) came from Korea during the third week of May 2014. Stringent trial runs commenced from June 2014 till February 2015. The trial runs started on the Miyapur to Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar stretch in October 2015.
- CMRS inspection for Stage-II (Miyapur and S.R.Nagar Section) was done on 9, 10 August 2016.
- The steel bridge of the HMR was successfully placed over the Oliphant bridge in August 2017.
- In November 2017, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CMRS) granted safety approval for 12 km stretch from Miyapur to SR Nagar, 10 km stretch from SR Nagar to Mettuguda and 8 km stretch from Nagole to Mettuguda.
- 16-km Ameerpet-LB Nagar Metro stretch was opened for commercial operations from 24 September 2018.
- The Ameerpet - Hi-Tec City route was opened on conditional basis on March 20, 2019. Due to lack of reversal facility post Hi-Tec City station, trains are being operated temporarily in “twin single line” method until Raidurg metro station with reversal facility will be brought into service in 2–3 months. On 19 May 2019, the construction of all the 2,599 pillars for the 66-km Hyderabad Metro rail (except the 6-km stretch in old city) was completed.
Curently, the Hyderabad Metro has 48 stations. Phase I of the Hyderabad metro has 64 stations; they have escalators and elevators to reach the stations, announcement boards and electronic display systems. The stations also have service roads underneath them to for other public transportation systems to drop-off and pick-up passengers. The signboards of Hyderabad Metro are displayed in Telugu, English, Hindi and Urdu at metro stations.
In May 2018, L&T Metro Rail signed a contract with Powergrid Corporation of India to install electric vehicle charging facilities at all metro stations beginning with Miyapur and Dr. B R Ambedkar Balanagar stations. L&THMRL has setup free wifi access units for commuters at Miyapur, Ameerpet and Nagole metro stations, in association with ACT Fibernet, as part of a pilot project. Metro Rail Phase II expansion plan is for about 85 km. In April 2019, K. T. Rama Rao said that 200 kilometres (120 mi) of metro rail was planned for Hyderabad, with metro along entire Outer Ring Road. All metro corridors are scheduled to terminate at Shamshabad, near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, as planned in Hyderabad Metro Rail Phase-II.
|Line||First operational||Last extension||Stations||Length||Terminals||Rolling stock||Track gauge
|Power||Average Frequency (Minutes)|
|Red||29 November 2017||24 September 2018||27||28 km (17 mi)||Miyapur||LB Nagar||1435||25 kV OHE||6.5|
|Blue||29 November 2017||20 March 2019||23||25.3 km (15.7 mi)||HITEC City||Nagole||1435||25 kV OHE||6.5|
|50||55.3 km (34.4 mi)|
The construction work was undertaken in two phases. There are six stages of completion in Phase I.
Phase I of the project includes 3 lines covering a distance of around 72 kilometres (45 mi). The metro rail line between Nagole and Secunderabad was originally scheduled open by December 2015; it was partly opened on 29 November 2017 with a new completion date of December 2019. A 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi)-long green line in the old city will pass through Dar-ul-Shifa, Moghalpura, Hari Bowli, Shah-Ali-Banda and ends at Falaknuma. This stretch is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
- Line 1 - Red Line - Miyapur – LB Nagar - 28 km (17 mi) 27 stations
- Line 2 - Green Line - JBS - Falaknuma 15 km (9.3 mi) 15 stations
- Line 3 - Blue Line - Nagole – Raidurg - 28 km (17 mi) 24 stations
|Stage||Target Section||Distance||Line||Line Colour||Status||Est. Completion|
|Stage 1||Nagole–Ameerpet||16.8 km (10.4 mi)||Line III||Blue||Operational||Completed|
|Stage 2||Miyapur–LB Nagar||28 km (17 mi)||Line I||Red||Operational||Completed|
|Stage 3/1||Ameerpet–HITEC City||8.5 km (5.3 mi)||Line III||Blue||Operational||Completed|
|Stage 3/2||HITEC City–Raidurg||1.47 km (0.91 mi)||Line III||Blue||Under construction||August 2019|
|Stage 4/1||Parade Ground–MGBS||9.68 km (6.01 mi)||Line II||Green||Under Construction||November 2019|
|Stage 4/2||MGBS–Falaknuma||5.36 km (3.33 mi)||Line II||Green||Planned||N/A|
|Total||72 km (45 mi)|
Note: Stage 4/2 MGBS - Falaknuma section (5.36 km) is also part of the initial phase - I, but has been rumored that the state government might take up this section instead of L&T, but will be completed along with the phase - I work. The Stage 3/2 Hitec City - Raidurg section (1.3 km) of Corridor III was not initial part of phase - I, it was later on added by the newly elected state government. This section is scheduled to open by end of 2019.
The Government is planning second phase of metro rail extending further. The construction of Phase II will be taken up solely by the state government, instead of Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in Phase I. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was entrusted to give a detailed project report (DPR) for Phase II. Metro Rail Phase II expansion plan is for about 85 km, which includes providing link to Shamshabad RGI Airport. The proposed routes are as following:
|Target Section||Distance (in km)||Line|
|Raidurg–Gachibowli –Shamshabad RGI Airport||30 km (19 mi)||Line IV|
|Nagole–LB Nagar–Falaknuma–Shamshabad RGI Airport||28 km (17 mi)||Line III extension|
|Miyapur– Gachibowli–Tolichowki–Lakdi ka pul||20 km (12 mi)||Line V|
|Miyapur–BHEL-Patancheru||15 km (9.3 mi)||Line I extension|
|LB Nagar–Hayath Nagar||7 km (4.3 mi)||Line I extension|
|JBS–Alwal||8 km (5.0 mi)||Line II extension|
|Tarnaka–ECIL 'X' Roads||7 km (4.3 mi)||Line VI|
Hyderabad Metro Phase I
|Red Line: Miyapur — LB Nagar [29.21 km]|
Green Line: JBS — Falaknuma [10.06 km]
Blue Line: Nagole — Raidurg [29 km]
Since the first version of the plans, the three corridors mostly remained the same, but minor changes were introduced. These include the lack of stop at Lalaguda, or a stop at Lakdikapul instead of Secretariat. Also, the lines have been marked with several different combination of color. Ameerpet- LB Nagar metro stretch opened on 24 September 2018. HiTec City to Raidurg, 1.5-kilometre stretch on Corridor Three - Nagole to Raidurg, is scheduled to be completed in July 2019, as it involves construction of 49 pillars and the Raidurg terminal station.
Red Line: Miyapur – L.B. Nagar
Route Length — 29.21 km (18.15 mi)
Number of Stations (All elevated) — 27
Link to other Corridors
- At Ameerpet – Connecting Corridors 1 and 3
- At Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station – Connecting Corridors 1 and 2
|19||Osmania Medical College||None|
|20||MG Bus Station||Green Line|
Green Line: JBS – Falaknuma
Route Length — 15 km (9.3 mi)
Number of Stations (All elevated) — 14
Link to other Corridors
- At Parade Ground – Connecting Corridors 2 and 3
- At Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station – Connecting Corridors 2 and 1
|2||Parade Ground||Blue Line|
|6||R.T.C. Cross Roads||None|
|10||M.G. Bus Station||Red Line|
Blue Line: Nagole - Raidurg
Route Length — 27 km (17 mi)
Number of Stations (All elevated) — 23
Link to other Corridors
|9||Parade Ground||Green Line|
|15||Taruni Madhura Nagar||None|
|17||Jubilee Hills Road No. 5||None|
|18||Jubilee Hills Check Post||None|
===Red Line Miyapur
===Blue Line Nagole
===Green Line Falaknuma
The Metro has opened to overwhelming response, with over 200,000 people using it on Day 1. On the first Sunday of operations, the Metro was used by 240,000 people. As of June 2019, the daily ridership is about 300,000.
Trains are initially being operated at a frequency of 3.5 minutes in very peak hours and every 6.5 minutes in peak hours (between Miyapur-LB Nagar) and 6.5 minutes in peak hours (between Hi-Tec City/ Ameerpet-Nagole), though maximum achievable frequency is every 90 seconds. Similarly, three-car trains are being used currently, though it is planned to use six-car trains in the future.
Hyderabad Metro Rail crossed 30 billion cumulative ridership milestone on 15 November 2018.
The initial official estimated cost of the 72 km long Metro project stood at ₹14,132 crore (US$2.0 billion). The Central Government decided to bear 10% of it, while L&T was to bear the remaining 90% of the cost. The construction work which was supposed to commence on 3 March 2011 commenced in 2012. In March 2012, the cost of the project was revised upwards to ₹15,957 crore (US$2.3 billion). This has been further revised upwards to ₹18,800 crore (US$2.7 billion) (as of November 2017).
The 71.3 km standard-gauge network will feature ballastless track throughout and will be electrified at 25 kV AC 50 Hz. An operations control centre and depot are constructed at Uppal. At some places, a flyover, underpass and metro has been constructed at the same place, as part of Strategic road development plan (SRDP).
At the end of 2012, L&T Metro Rail awarded Thales a Rs 7.4bn ($US 134m) contract to provide CBTC and integrated telecommunications and supervision systems on all three lines. Thales Group supplied its SelTrac Communications-based train control (CBTC) technology, and trains initially run in automatic train operation mode with minimum headways of 90 seconds, although the system will support eventual migration to unattended train operation (UTO).
On 12 September 2012, Larsen and Toubro Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (LTMRHL) announced that it has awarded tender for supply of rolling stock to Hyundai Rotem. The ₹18 billion (US$260 million) tender is for 57 trains consisting of 171 cars which will be delivered in phases at least 9 months before the commencement of each stage. On 2 October 2013, LTMRHL unveiled its train car for Hyderabad Metro. A model coach which is half the size of the actual coach, was on public display at Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar in the heart of Hyderabad. The trains will be 3.2m wide and 4m high. There will be 4 doors on each side of each coach.
On 10 April 2014, the first metro train for HMR rolled out of Hyundai Rotem factory at Changwon in South Korea and reached Hyderabad in May 2014. On 31 December 2014, Hyderabad Metro Rail successfully conducted a training run in Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode for the first time between Nagole and Mettuguda.
The L&T Hyderabad project will have an automated ticketing system with features such as contactless smart card based ticketing, slim automatic gates, payment by cash and credit/debit card, passenger operated ticket vending machine and provision of common ticketing system. It will also have a provision of NFC-based technology to enable usage of mobile phones as fare media and high performance machine to avoid long queues.Samsung Data Systems India, a subsidiary of South Korean firm Samsung, has been awarded the automatic fare collection system package for the L&T metro rail project. The package involves design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the system.
Official Ticket prices were announced on 25 November 2017. The base fare is ₹10 for up to 2 km.
|Slab||Distance (km)||Metro Fare (₹)|
|1||0 - 2||10|
|2||2 - 4||15|
|3||4 - 6||25|
|4||6 - 8||30|
|5||8 - 10||35|
|6||10 - 14||40|
|7||14 - 18||45|
|8||18 - 22||50|
|9||22 - 26||55|
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