The most awaited Hyderabad Metro train stretch between Ameerpet to Hi-tech city will be thrown open to the public by the end of November 2018 or early December 2018. Officials are planning to conduct a trial run on this stretch by the end of this month. As we all know the metro trains run under the modern communication-based train control (CBTC) system. As the Hi-tech city stretch doesn’t have a reversal facility, officials are planning for an experimental trial run in Restricted Mode. As the Hi-tech city is the last station, the metro train should go and come back on the same track. For this, the engineers are planning to make changes to the CBTC software and are consulting with engineers in Canada (who have sourced the CBTC software). The Metro sources also said that conducting trail run between Ameerpet and the Hi-tech city is becoming very difficult due to the lack of reversal facility. Currently, Metro train is running from Nagole to Ameerpet and nearly 50 thousand people are traveling daily. The rest 10 km route between Ameerpet to Hi-tech city got delayed due to the land issues. But now with the completion of the tracks and stations, recently the power supply is also being tested along with technical aspects.
Officials are focusing on alternatives
In order to complete the reversal, facility works in the Hi-tech city route till December 2018, the Metro engineers have kept traffic restrictions in the Cyber towers area. But due to the grievous traffic issues and opposing from the motorists, the engineers have removed the traffic restrictions. Hence the Metro reversal facility works got obstructed again. To complete the Metro works before the deadline, the officials are focussing on technically available alternatives.
- There is a reversal facility near Jubilee Hills check post station and officials are planning to conduct a trial run from Ameerpet to Jubilee Hills check post station using one track for going and other for coming.
- As there is no reversal facility from Hi-tech city station to Jubilee Hills check post, the train should go and come back on the same track. After reaching the Jubilee Hills check post, the train will then change the track and technically this is a challenge and train operators also take some time to understand this. Keeping all these issues in mind, officials said that, it takes over one month time to conduct the trial run.
- The 28 Km stretch between Nagole and Rayadurgam is treated as Corridor 3 and it is the crucial stretch which connects to the IT Corridor. Hence most of the IT employees and other groups have long been looking forward to the launch of Metro on this route. It is estimated that around 2 lakh people travel in this route daily.