<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday inaugurate the much-awaited Hyderabad Metro Rail, which will start its commercial operations on November 29.The Hyderabad Metro Rail, which faced many delays over the years, is touted as the world’s largest public-private partnership (PPP) in the sector.The first phase of the Hyderabad Metro between Miyapur and Nagole would be launched by the Prime Minister at 2.15 pm at Miyapur station.Modi, joined by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, will travel by the metro from Miyapur to Kukatpally, and back.Initially, the trains would run from 6 am to 10 pm and the timings would be rescheduled to 5.30 am to 11 pm, depending on the traffic and demand, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao informed on Saturday.Here are some of the features of the Hyderabad Metro Rail: 1- The 30-km-long first phase of the Hyderabad Metro has 24 stations between Miyapur and Nagole2- Each train would initially have three coaches and 330 people can travel in each coach. The number of coaches can be increased to six depending on the traffic.3- The concessionaire, L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, has fixed a minimum fare of Rs 10 for a distance of up to two kilometres and the maximum fare is Rs 60 for a distance of more than 26 kms.4- A smart card was launched on Saturday for metro rail passengers, which would be used for multiple modes of transport in future5- The Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) would also start feeder services for the metro4- A mobile app (named T Savari) would also be launched for the benefit of passengers6- Under the project, sky-walks will be also be built connecting the stations directly to commercial complexes, stadiums and offices7- As many as 546 security personnel from private agencies will man the stations on the Miyapur-Nagole stretch. They will be working under three police officials per station in each shift9- The project, which started in July 2012, was initially scheduled to be completed by June this year but delays like land acquisition and other issues resulted in it overshooting the deadline. 10- The project has overcome many hurdles such as default by the first concessionaire Maytas Infra-led consortium and subsequent developments, crucial land acquisition by the state government and logjam for sometime over route alignment, among others.
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