Hyderabad airport metro rail may take 3 years, says official

Hyderabad airport metro rail may take 3 years, says official

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Hyderabad, Jun 1: The Hyderabad Metro Rail connectivity to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad with western and eastern parts of Hyderabad may take three years to complete, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) COO Anil Kumar Saini has said.

At the seventh Facility Management Summit on "How do we bridge last mile connectivity”, held at Gachibowli here on Friday night , Mrl Saini said the 85-km long second phase project to the airport is in its approval stage and might take another three years to see the light of the day.

The top officer said L&T runs 710 trips by 42 trains which travel 17,600 km route daily. It ferries nearly 2.5 to 2.75 lakh passengers every day. Metro Rail helps reduce emission levels. The emissions of one metro rail is equal to five public buses and 25 cars, he said.

First and last mile connectivity are very important, Saini added and said, L&T Metro is collaborating with Telangana Facility Management Council for last mile connectivity. In this process, it has ensured bikes and on rent, corporate and private shuttle services, RTC integration, auto stand, zoom cars on rent, feeder shuttle service to nearby hubs are some of the initiatives, he added.

Nearly 40 shuttle services are run to help 5,000 people commute from Hitech and Durgam Cheruvu stations and back.Saini said it could increase number of coaches to six from the current three. Even the fequency can become 3 or 4 minutes. But, it will all depend on the rush.

The Last Mile Connectivity initiative resulted in 6000 IT employees using Hyderabad Metro Rail service to back and forth from their respective Homes and Offices informed Satyanarayana Mathala, president of Telangana Facility Management Council (TFMC).