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HMR, Revolution in Public Transport

Trilok Singh, Installed Another Public transport system in Hyderabad.. I’m Very Glad to see metro is coming to all major cities of India including Bihar too. As from Delhi (Basically, Bihar) I can say that, it’s very useful for community, clean and convenient way to travel. No more air pollution and traffic jams, HMR is the perfect mass rapid transport solution for a city like Hyderabad. We can say that, it is also eco-friendly in nature.. Although, it is the largest such public-private partnership project… Congratulations to the PM Shri Narendra Modi, CM of TS and MD of HMR..

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Transportation Redefined

Once Hyderabad Metro Rail becomes operational, it will be the world’s largest elevated metro rail. A PPP project based on DBFOT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) basis, It is estimated that HMR will be catering to 15 lakh passengers, after the commencement of its operations. Covering a distance of 72 kilometers, with stations at every kilometer, HMR is poised to redefine the city’s transportation. HMR is not just a metro. It is an urban rejuvenation and redesign endeavour that will transform Hyderabad into a commuter-friendly, modern and green city. Added, Hon’ble Chief Minister Govt of Telangana, Sri K. Hyderabad is still reaping the benefits of the visionary Chandra Babu Naidu ,the metro is part of his grand vision of the city, the TRS that obstructed it is today part of the inauguration, ironic indeed! Chandrasekhar Rao.

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The objective is to provide socio-economic benefits and equal opportunities in public spaces to all citizens. The ticket pricing is affordable, the journey time is reduced, and pollution is addressed by way of design, while elevated rails and platforms decongest the traffic. HMR is not just a Metro, but an urban rejuvenation effort, redesigned with the latest technology inputs, to transform Hyderabad into a people-friendly green city, Eco-friendly stations with natural ventilation, skywalks, ramps, escalators, elevators a host of commuter-friendly facilities, promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment results creation of employment opportunities and generation of many ancillary industries in & around Hyderabad. Added, HMR Official.

Green & Equitable
Prioritisation of green spaces, open spaces and elevated Metro Rail mass transit system is going to be the hallmarks of a great city in the 21st century. HMR’s concept for the city involves rejuvenation and redesigns traffic corridors and change the way people commute from one end to the other. The design is eco-friendly, consumes no fossil fuels, and the concept of each station being just one kilometre apart, brings Metro Rail on to the citizen’s door step. Advanced technology has been harnessed to provide world class state of the art architecture with skywalks, and accessibility, making it convenient for all genders and age groups to access a larger part of the city.

Advantages of Metro Rail in Hyderabad

Eco-friendly Travel Mode – it will reduce air and noise pollution in the Hyderabad City.

  • The Metro Rail System has proven to be most efficient in terms of energy consumption, space occupancy and numbers transported.

  • High-capacity carriers – very high volumes of peak hour peak direction trips.

  • Eco-friendly – causes no air pollution, much less sound pollution.

  • Low energy consumption – 20% per passenger km in comparison to road-based systems.

  • Greater traffic capacity – carries as much traffic as 7 lanes of bus traffic or 24 lanes of car traffic (either way).

  • Very low ground space occupation – 2 meter width only for elevated rail.

  • Faster – reduces journey time by 50% to 75%.


Based on a number of Traffic and Transportation studies conducted by various agencies, the then Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) approved development of Hyderabad Metro Rail (MRTS) project in three high density traffic corridors of the city spanning across 72 km in phase-I. Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), Traffic Survey Reports, and other related reports were prepared by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the project.

The three corridors spanning a length of approximately 72 km to be taken up in phase-I are as under.

  • Corridor I: Miyapur – LB Nagar : 29 kms; 27 stations.
  • Corridor II: JBS – Falaknuma : 15 kms; 15 stations.
  • Corridor III: Nagole – Raidurg : 28 kms; 24 stations.

The Metro Rail system under construction is a completely elevated system, generally run in the central median of the road. The viaduct structure for the elevated system is a box girder carrying two tracks on a single pier located on the median of the road.

The system is designed to cater to 50,000 PHPDT for Corridors I and III and 35,000 PHPDT for Corridor II. It will have to be built, operated, maintained and transferred at the end of the Concession Period as per the provisions of the Concession Agreement. The performance specifications and safety standards are enunciated in the Manual of Specifications & Standards (MSS), a well deliberated and published document of GoAP, based on “output oriented” performance philosophy. The miss provides scope for enough design flexibility and innovation, and it forms part of the Concession Agreement.

Salient Features of the Project, HMR

  • It is an elevated metro rail, with two tracks (up and down lines) on a deck erected on pillars generally in the central median of the road, without obstructing the road traffic.
  • Stations are located at an average interval of 1KM – elevated stations with passenger access through staircases, escalators and lifts.
    Adequate parking space and circulating areas are being provided for multi modal integration at the stations.
  • With a frequency of 3 to 5 minutes during peak hours, the system is expected to carry about 17 lakh passengers per day by 2017 and 22 lakh by 2024.
  • With a maximum speed of 80 kmph, the average speed of the trains will be 34 kmph – an international standard for MRT systems.
  • The travel time by metro rail from one end to another is: 45 minutes for Corridor I (Miyapur-L.B.Nagar – 29Kms) as against 1 hr 46 minutes by bus. 22 minutes for Corridor II (Jubilee Bus Station-Falaknuma – 15 Kms) as against 1 hr 10 minutes by bus. And 39 minutes for Corridor III (Nagole-Raidurg – 28 Kms) as against 1 hr 26 minutes by bus. etc


  • An elevated Metro Rail, with 2 tracks (up and down lines) on a deck erected on pillars in the central median of the road, without obstructing the road traffic.

  • Adequate parking space and circulating areas to be provided for multi modal commute.

  • The proposed rail will have a maximum speed of 80 kmph, the average speed of the trains will be around 34 kmph- an international standard for MRT systems.

  • The travel time by Metro Rail from one end to another will be as such: 45 minutes for Corridor 1 (Miyapur-L.B. Nagar – 29 KM) as against 1 hr 44 minutes by road. 22 minutes for Corridor 2 (Jubilee Bus Station-Falaknuma – 15 Km) as against 1 hr 10 minutes by road.

  • 39 minutes for Corridor 3 (Nagole-Raidurg – 28 KM) as against 1 hr 26 minutes by road.

  • Rails will of course be continuously welded in order to lessen the noise levels.

  • Different categories of aesthetic stations are being designed to reflect the local architecture. As far as possible, parking and circulation areas will be developed on nearby government lands.

  • Coaches will be air-conditioned with automatic door closures and many other safety features.

  • Eco-friendly travel mode that will reduce air as well as noise pollution in the city terminals. Also station based junctions will be conducted with bus transport (bus rapid transit system) routes & smart card-based automatic ticketing systems. etc. Added, HMR.

People Talks

The project, which started in July 2012, was scheduled to be completed by June this year, but issues like land acquisition led to delays. The Hyderabad Metro line will eventually be a 72-km elevated stretch, which will be completed by next year. It is the largest such public-private partnership project, the state government has said.

Project Information Source: Official, HMR.

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Written by Trilok Singh

Founder and CEO: Youth Darpan Media,, India's Journal and Seva A2z (Shopping). Masters in Political Science, Kirori Mal College, Faculty of Social Science (2015-17), University of Delhi, India.

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