Hundreds of people flocked to see the first metro rail coach of the much-awaited Hyderabad Metro which was put on display by Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd and L&T Wednesday. The coach was received from the Hyundai-Rotem consortium which got the contract for providing the fully-automated,pilotless coaches. The first of gleaming new coach for the 72-km-long elevated rail system was unveiled by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at Necklace Road.
The Hyderabad Metro Rail trains will be managed remotely and the trains will be locopilotless,the sole locopilot onboard will only assist in entry and exit of passengers,officials said.
HMR MD NVS Reddy said each coach will have a seating capacity of 330 people and each train of six coaches each will carry 2,000 passengers. The trains will travel at 40 km per hour,and the first batch of 171 coaches for 57 trains are expected to arrive in six to eight months as the first phase of the project is set be completed by March 2015.
HMR covers 3 routes (corridors) with 72 km in Phase-I,at a total cost of Rs14,132 crore. The first 8-km stretch will be completed between Nagole-Mettuguda by the end of 2014 and will be opened for traffic in March 2015.