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Hyderabad Metro
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Hyderabad Metro Rail
Hyderabad Metro Rail
OwnerGovernment of Telangana, L&T
LocaleHyderabad, Telangana, India
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines2
Number of stations40
Daily ridership200,000 [1]
Chief executiveN. V. S. Reddy[2]
HeadquartersMetro Bhawan, Begumpet, Hyderabad
Began operation29 November 2017[3]
Operator(s)Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd. (HMRL)
Headway3.5 - 8 minutes
System length46.5 km (28.9 mi)
No. of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification25 kV, 50 Hz AC through overhead catenary
Average speed35 km/h (22 mph)
Top speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Hyderabad Metro Rail

Network map

The Hyderabad Metro is a rapid transit system, serving the city of Hyderabad, Telangana, India.[4] It is in Secant Operational model. It is being implemented entirely on public-private partnership (PPP) basis,[5] with the state government holding a minority equity stake.[6] A 30 km stretch from Miyapur to Nagole, having 24 stations was inaugurated on 28 November 2017 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[7][8] No other rapid transit metro service in India opened for public operations on such a long stretch of 30 km.[9][10] As of October 2018, it is the second longest operational metro network in India after Delhi Metro.[11] It is estimated to cost 18,800 crore (US$2.6 billion). As of October 2018, about 200,000 people use the Metro per day.[12] Trains are now crowded during the morning and evening hours, when employees travel to and from work.[13] A ladies only coach was introduced on all the trains from 7 May 2018.[14]


To respond the rising public transport needs and mitigate escalating vehicular traffic in the twin-cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, the State Government and the South Central Railway jointly launched the Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS) in [August] 2003.[15] The increase in population of Hyderabad made MMTS alone insufficient for public transport, which led to Union Ministry of Urban Development giving the nod for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project and directed the DMRC to conduct a survey on the project.[16] this project was seen necessary in view that the population of Hyderabad was forecasted to reach 13.6 million by the year 2021.[16] According to the initial plan, the metro was to be connected with the already existing MMTS to provide commuters with alternate modes of transport. Simultaneously, the proposals for taking up the construction of MMTS Phase-II were also taken forward.[17]

On March 26, 2018, Telangana Govt announced that it would set up a SPV "Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited (HAML)", jointly promoted by HMRL and HMDA, to extend the Blue line from Raidurg to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad.

Initial bidding[edit]

The bidding process was completed by July 2008 and awarded to Maytas which failed to achieve financial closure for the project as per schedule By March 2009. In July 2009, the State Government cancelled the contract and called for fresh bids for the project.


In the July-2010 rebidding process, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) emerged as the lowest bidder for the 121.32 billion (US$1.7 billion) project. L&T came forward to take up the work for about 14.58 billion (US$200 million) as viability gap funding as against the sanctioned 48.53 billion (US$680 million).


The mascot of Hyderabad Metro Rail is Niz. It was derived from the word Nizam, who ruled the princely state of Hyderabad.[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

HMR project was showcased as one of the top 100 strategic global infrastructure projects at the Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum held in New York during February–March 2013.[19] [20]

L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited (LTMRHL) has been conferred the SAP ACE Award 2015 in the 'Strategic HR and Talent Management[21]' category.

In 2018, Rasoolpura, Paradise and Prakash Nagar metro stations were awarded Indian Green Building Council's (IGBC) Green MRTS Platinum Award.[22]

Construction history[edit]

Groundbreaking (Bhoomi Puja) for the project was conducted on 26 April 2012[23] the concessionaire started the pillar erection on the same day for Stage-I and on 6 June 2012 for Stage-II.[24] The work for Corridor 2 has been delayed due to traders in Koti and Sultan Bazar demanding realignment of the route to safeguard traders and old age heritage markets.[25] If the recent bill proposed in Parliament which allows construction within a 100 metre radius of heritage structures and sites of historical or archaeological importance is passed, Metro might receive a chance as it helps to connect the Old city with IT corridor.[26]

The construction of the entire 71.16 km has been split into 6 stages with the first stage originally scheduled to be completed by March 2015[27][28]

In November 2013, L&T Hyderabad Metro started laying of rails on the metro viaduct between Nagole and Mettuguda, a stretch of 8 km.[29]

The first highly sophisticated train of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) came from Korea during the third week of May 2014. Stringent trial runs commenced from June 2014 till February 2015.[30] The trial runs started on the Miyapur to Sanjeeva Reddy Nagar stretch in October 2015.

CMRS inspection for Stage-II (Miyapur and S.R.Nagar Section) was done on 9, 10 August 2016.[31] Three interchanges are planned at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Terminus, Parade Grounds and Ameerpet.[32]

The steel bridge of the HMR was successfully placed over the Oliphant bridge in August 2017.[33][34]

In November 2017, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CMRS) granted safety approval for 12 km stretch from Miyapur to SR Nagar, 10 km stretch from SR Nagar to Mettuguda and 8 km stretch from Nagole to Mettuguda.[35]

16-km Ameerpet-LB Nagar Metro stretch was opened for commercial operations from 24 September 2018.[36]

Construction phases[edit]

Proposed lines of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (Note: JBS is not a Phase one station as shown. it is a Phase 2 station)

The construction work was undertaken in two phases. There are six stages of completion in Phase I.[37]

Phase I[edit]

The Phase I of the project includes 3 lines covering a distance of around 72 km. The metro rail stretches between Nagole and Secunderabad 11 km originally scheduled to be operational by December 2015, is now partially operational since 29 November 2017. The entire 72 km 57-station first phase is due to be completed by December 2019 with Hitec City - Raidurg line and MGBS - Falaknuma line is scheduled to be completed by December 2019.[38]

  • Line 1 - Red Line - Miyapur – LB Nagar - 29.2 km (18.1 mi)
  • Line 2 - Green Line - JBS - Falaknuma 15 km (9.3 mi)
  • Line 3 - Blue Line - Nagole – Raidurg - 28 km (17 mi)

Construction schedule[edit]

Stage Target Section Distance Line Line Colour Status
Stage 1 NagoleAmeerpet 17.01 km (10.57 mi) Line III Blue Operational
Stage 2 MiyapurLB Nagar 29 km (18 mi) Line I Red Operational
Stage 3/1 Ameerpet Hitec City 10 km (6.2 mi) Line III Blue Trail Run in Progress
Stage 3/2 Hitec CityRaidurg 1.47 km (0.91 mi) Line III Blue Under Construction
Stage 4/1 JBSMGBS 9.68 km (6.01 mi) Line II Green Under Construction
Stage 4/2 MGBSFalaknuma 5.36 km (3.33 mi) Line II Green Under Construction
Total 72 km (45 mi)

Note: Stage 4/2 MGBS - Falaknuma section (5.36 km) is also part of the initial phase - I, but has been rumored that the state government might take up this section instead of L&T, but will be completed along with the phase - I work. The Stage 4/2 Hitec City - Raidurg section (1.3 km) of Corridor III was not initial part of phase - I, it was later on added by the newly elected state government. This section is scheduled to open by end of 2019.

Phase II[edit]

The Government is planning second phase of metro rail extending further.[39] The construction of Phase II will be taken up solely by the state government, instead of public private partnership (PPP) mode in Phase I.[40] Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was entrusted to give a detailed project report (DPR) for Phase II.[41] Metro Rail Phase II expansion plan is for about 60 km, which includes providing link to Shamshabad RGI Airport.[42] The proposed routes are as following:

Target Section Distance (in km) Line
RaidurgGachibowli Shamshabad RGI Airport 30 km (19 mi) Line IV
NagoleLB NagarFalaknumaShamshabad RGI Airport 28 km (17 mi) Line III extension
MiyapurGachibowliTolichowkiLakdi ka pul 20 km (12 mi) Line V
MiyapurBHEL-Patancheru 15 km (9.3 mi) Line I extension
LB NagarHayath Nagar 7 km (4.3 mi) Line I extension
JBSAlwal 8 km (5.0 mi) Line II extension
TarnakaECIL 'X' Roads 7 km (4.3 mi) Line VI

Current status[edit]

Line First operational Last extension Stations Length Terminals Rolling stock Track gauge
Power Average Frequency (Minutes)
Red 29 November 2017 24 September 2018 27 29.2 km (18.1 mi) Miyapur LB Nagar 1435 25 kV OHE 6.5
Blue 29 November 2017 14 17.3 km (10.7 mi) Ameerpet Nagole 1435 25 kV OHE 6.5
41 46.5 km (28.9 mi)


Hyderabad Metro Phase I
Red Line: Miyapur — LB Nagar [29.21 km]
Green Line: JBS — Falaknuma [10.06 km]
Blue Line: Nagole — Raidurg [29 km]
Cyber Gateway
Hitec City
KPHB Colony
Durgam Cheruvu
Peddamma Temple
Jubilee Hills Checkpost
Jubilee Hills
SR Nagar
Erra Manzil
Prakash Nagar
Gandhi Bhavan
Parade Ground
Osmania Medical College
Gandhi Hospital
RTC Cross Roads
Sultan Bazar
Salarjung Museum
New Market
Victory Memorial
LB Nagar

Since the first version of the plans, the three corridors mostly remained the same, but minor changes were introduced. These include the lack of stop at Lalaguda, or a stop at Lakdikapul instead of Secretariat. Also, the lines have been marked with several different combination of color.[43] Ameerpet- LB Nagar metro stretch opened on 24 September 2018.[44] HiTec City to Raidurg, 1.5-kilometre stretch on Corridor Three - Nagole to Raidurg, is scheduled to be completed in November 2019, as it involves construction of 49 pillars and the Raidurg terminal station.[45] Efforts are being made to complete the 8.5-km stretch from Ameerpet to HiTec City by December 2018.[46]

Red Line: Miyapur – L.B. Nagar[edit]

Route Length — 29.21 km (18.15 mi)
Number of Stations (All elevated) — 27
Link to other Corridors

# Station Name Connections
1 Miyapur None
2 J.N.T.U College None
3 K.P.H.B. Colony None
4 Kukatpally None
5 Balanagar None
6 Moosapet None
7 Bharatnagar None
8 Erragadda None
9 ESI Hospital None
10 S.R Nagar None
11 Ameerpet Blue Line
12 Punjagutta None
13 Erra Manzil None
14 Khairatabad None
15 Lakdi-ka-pul None
16 Assembly None
17 Nampally None
18 Gandhi Bhavan None
19 Osmania Medical College None
20 MG Bus Station Green Line
21 Malakpet None
22 New Market None
23 Musarambagh None
24 Dilsukhnagar None
25 Chaitanyapuri None
26 Victoria Memorial None
27 L.B. Nagar None

Green Line: JBS – Falaknuma[edit]

Route Length — 15 km (9.3 mi)
Number of Stations (All elevated) — 14
Link to other Corridors

# Station Name Connections
1 Parade Ground Blue Line
2 Secunderabad West None
3 Gandhi Hospital None
4 Musheerabad None
5 R.T.C. Cross Roads None
6 Chikkadpally None
7 Narayanguda None
8 Sultan Bazaar None
9 M.G. Bus Station Red Line
10 Salarjung Museum None
11 Charminar None
12 Shalibanda None
13 Shamsherganj None
14 Falaknuma None

Blue Line: Nagole - Raidurg[edit]

Route Length — 27 km (17 mi)
Number of Stations (All elevated) — 23
Link to other Corridors

# Station Name Connections
1 Nagole None
2 Uppal None
3 Stadium None
4 NGRI None
5 Habsiguda None
6 Tarnaka None
7 Mettuguda None
8 Secunderabad East None
9 Parade Ground Green Line
10 Paradise None
11 Rasoolpura None
12 Prakash Nagar None
13 Begumpet None
14 Ameerpet Red Line
15 Madhura Nagar None
16 Yousufguda None
17 Jubilee Hills Road No. 5 None
18 Jubilee Hills Checkpost None
19 Peddamma Temple None
20 Madhapur None
21 Durgam Cheruvu None
22 Hitec City None
23 Cyber Gateway None
24 Raidurg None


 Phase 1  

===Red LineLB Nagar and Miyapur

===Blue Line Nagole and Raidurg

===Green Line JBS and Falaknuma


The Metro has opened to overwhelming response, with over 200,000 people using it on Day 1.[47] On the first Sunday of operations, the Metro was used by 240,000 people.[48] As of September 2018, the daily ridership was about 2,00,000.[49]

Trains are initially being operated at a frequency of 3.5 minutes in very peak hours and every 6.5 minutes in peak hours (between Miyapur-LB Nagar) and 6.5 minutes in peak hours (between Ameerpet-Nagole),[50] though maximum achievable frequency is every 90 seconds. Similarly, three-car trains are being used currently, though it is planned to use six-car trains in the future.[51]

In December 2017, Hyderabad Metro Rail launched its mobile app, TSavaari.[52][53] Hyderabad Metro timings are available on T-Savari app.[54] Ola Cabs and Uber tied up its services with app.[55]

Hyderabad Metro Rail crossed 30 million cumulative ridership milestone on 15 November 2018.[56]


The initial official estimated cost of the 72 km long Metro project stood at 14,132 crore (US$2.0 billion). The Central Government decided to bear 10% of it, while L&T was to bear the remaining 90% of the cost.[57][58] The construction work which was supposed to commence on 3 March 2011 commenced in 2012. In March 2012, the cost of the project was revised upwards to 15,957 crore (US$2.2 billion).[59] This has been further revised upwards to 18,800 crore (US$2.6 billion) (as of November 2017).[60]


The 71.3 km standard-gauge network will feature ballastless track throughout and will be electrified at 25kV ac 50 Hz. An operations control centre and depot are constructed at Uppal. At some places, a flyover, underpass and metro has been constructed at the same place, as part of Strategic road development plan (SRDP).[61]

CBTC Technology[edit]

At the end of 2012, L&T Metro Rail awarded Thales a Rs 7.4bn ($US 134m) contract to provide CBTC and integrated telecommunications and supervision systems on all three lines. Thales will supply its SelTrac CBTC technology, and trains will initially run in automatic train operation mode with minimum headways of 90 seconds, although the system will support eventual migration to unattended train operation (UTO).[62]

Rolling stock[edit]

On 12 September 2012, Larsen and Toubro Metro Rail Hyderabad Ltd (LTMRHL) announced that it has awarded tender for supply of rolling stock to Hyundai Rotem.[63][64] The 18 billion (US$250 million) tender is for 57 trains consisting of 171 cars which will be delivered in phases at least 9 months before the commencement of each stage.[65][66] On 2 October 2013, LTMRHL unveiled its train car for Hyderabad Metro. A model coach which is half the size of the actual coach, was on public display at Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar in the heart of Hyderabad.[67] The trains will be 3.2m wide and 4m high.[68] There will be 4 doors on each side of each coach.[68]

On 10 April 2014, the first metro train for HMR rolled out of Hyundai Rotem factory at Changwon in South Korea and reached Hyderabad in May 2014.[69] On 31 December 2014, Hyderabad Metro Rail successfully conducted a training run in Automatic Train Operation (ATO) mode for the first time between Nagole and Mettuguda.[70]


The L&T Hyderabad project will have an automated ticketing system with features such as contactless smart card based ticketing, slim automatic gates, payment by cash and credit/debit card, passenger operated ticket vending machine and provision of common ticketing system. It will also have a provision of NFC-based technology to enable usage of mobile phones as fare media and high performance machine to avoid long queues.[71] Samsung Data Systems India, a subsidiary of South Korean firm Samsung, has been awarded the automatic fare collection system package for the L&T metro rail project. The package involves design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the system.[71][72]

Official ticket prices were announced on 25 November 2017. The base fare is 10 for up to 2 km.

Slab Distance (km) Metro Fare ()
1 0 - 2 10
2 2 - 4 15
3 4 - 6 25
4 6 - 8 30
5 8 - 10 35
6 10 - 14 40
7 14 - 18 45
8 18 - 22 50
9 22 - 26 55
10 > 26 60


Hyderabad metro will have 64 stations in phase I. They will be provided with amenities such as escalators and elevators to reach the stations, announcement boards, electronic display systems among others for passengers. Commercial will also be provided on stations. Hyderabad metro stations will also have service roads underneath them to provide last mile connectivity by allowing other public transportation systems use it for dropping/picking passengers right in front of the stations and ensure uninterrupted traffic. Currently the service lane works are currently on at Nagole and Uppal stations.[73] The signboards of Hyderabad Metro are displayed in Telugu, English, Hindi and Urdu at metro stations.[74]

Otis Elevator Company of United States won the contract to supply and maintain 670 elevators.[75]

In May 2018, L&T Metro Rail announced that it had signed a contract with Powergrid Corporation of India to install electric vehicle charging facilities at all metro stations beginning with Miyapur and Dr. B R Ambedkar Balanagar stations.[76][77] L&THMRL has setup free wifi access units for commuters at Miyapur, Ameerpet and Nagole metro stations, in association with ACT Fibernet, as part of a pilot project.[78] .[79]

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