ANDHRA PRADESH

Metro rail coaches to have cameras

Commuter-friendly, suitable facility promised for twin cities



Better standards, specifications compared to Delhi Metro

Driverless technology for the trains



HYDERABAD: Each coach of the Hyderabad Metro rail will be fitted with a camera for the driver to keep a tab on happenings inside, all trains will be equipped with an Automatic Train Operation (ATO) system, effectively a driverless technology, saree guards for escalators and continuously welded rails to minimise noise levels inside and outside.

“Hyderabad Metro will have better standards and specifications compared to the Delhi Metro in terms of security and safety features. The standard gauge being taken up for the first time in the country allows for sharper curves minimising demolitions,” pointed out Satish Kumar, Technical Director, Delhi Metro, one of the consultants for the project.

“We will minimise travel time for the public by ensuring punctuality and reliability of the trains,” he said, during an interaction with presspersons on Tuesday along with his colleague Mangu Singh, Planning Commission’s Railway expert S.K. Saha, former Chief Commissioner for Railway Safety, G.P. Garg and others. Hyderabad Metro will be “commuter-friendly, modern and very suitable for the twin cities,” he underlined.

While the project specifications were based on Delhi Metro, further improvements have been made based on the experience of running the metro in the last five years, he said.Emphasising the importance of a proper safety certification, Mr. Garg who is now with the Union Ministry of Urban Development overseeing metro projects, said the new Manual of Specifications and Standards would have safety systems which can be adopted by all the States.

The HMR Managing Director, N.V.S.Reddy, said documentation for the world’s biggest public private participation project, was nearing completion. It included a concession agreement containing the MSS reflecting all the required technical specifications, performance criteria, etc. All the five international consortia in the fray will be asked to submit their bids by the month-end as they have all qualified under the technical bids.

Two months will be given to them to submit the financial bids and the consortia seeking the least financial support from the Government in the form of viability gap funding (up to 40 p.c.) will bag the work order.

Mr. Reddy expects the single consortia developer to be selected in April and work is likely to be grounded a month later.