Energising of Metro rail depot at Nagole would commence from February next year and the first train would be arriving in April.

Trial runs would commence from May and all the Hyderabad Metro trains would be driver-less and they would be controlled from the Operational Control room to be set up at the Uppal-Nagole depot, said V.B. Gadgil, Chief Executive and Managing Director L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited.

Initially, the trains would be commissioned with three-coaches and each coach would have a capacity of 300 passengers.

These trains would be operated with a time interval of four to five minutes, said Mr. Gadgil while delivering the Dr. A. Ramakrishna First Endowment Lecture on “An overview of construction techniques for Metro projects,” here on Monday.

He said Hyderabad Metro rail’s average speed would be 38 kmph, despite 50 per cent track alignment being curvy and train stoppage at stations for every kilometre.

During the lecture, Mr. Gadgil said Hyderabad Metro Rail was a complex project and there were many challenges, including financial, alignment finalisation due to flyovers and railway crossings, concurrent engineering, poor quality detailed project report and other factors.

“Yet, we are taking up the project at a brisk pace as we have got the country’s largest pre-casting yard. This plays a significant role in minimising the work hours and aids in transportation of machinery and logistics,” said Mr. Gadgil.

Hyderabad Metro is a big project. There is a need to analyse the alignment schemes, design features, construction methods etc of all existing metros for culling out new techniques for future projects for further optimisation through innovations, he added.

Institution of Engineers A.P. State Centre G. Sudhakar and others also spoke on the occasion.

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