Metro may go the extra mile soon

Work on the HiTec City metro station is nearing completion.

Work on the HiTec City metro station is nearing completion.   | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

Trains likely to be run till HiTec City by year-end

Hyderabad Metro Rail and L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) are mulling options to run metro trains up to HiTec City from Ameerpet towards December-end after it has become clear that the reverse viaduct construction will go on till March 2019.

Senior metro rail officials indicated that it is “technically possible” to run metro trains even if the ‘reverse viaduct’ is not ready as the twin tracks, electrification and overhead stations could well be ready till HiTec City station by then.

“There are technical options to run trains till HiTec City station from Ameerpet interchange station but it could be at the cost of frequency and Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system,” they say, pleading anonymity.

Track interchange

Reverse viaduct is necessary to move trains forward from HiTec City and bring them back onto the other side of the platform. As its construction is going to take time, a possible solution is to make use of the track interchange available at Jubilee Hills Checkpost station.

Metro trains will run normally from Nagole to Ameerpet under Corridor Three (Nagole to HiTec City/Raidurg 28 km), but after that, one train can be sent on the first track and once it crosses into the second track at Jubilee Hills Checkpost station, another train can be sent.

In the return direction from HiTec City too, trains can change tracks at Jubilee Hills Checkpost and reach Ameerpet when normal operations could be resumed. But, this is a complicated exercise and metro rail officials will be exercising extreme caution with manual signalling likely to be at work.

More time-consuming

It is expected that travel by the 10-km Ameerpet to HiTec City station stretch could take more time than planned and all the pressure will be at the terminal point, where passengers will need to be transported to their respective offices and also because construction will be picking up pace for ‘reverse viaduct,’ senior officials said.

Pending work

About 19 more pillars have to be built, including a crucial three on the middle of the flyover between HiTec City and Trident Hotel. Although roads will not be fully closed, commuters should expect disruptions as there will be restrictions even though most work is scheduled to be undertaken between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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