Modern and rapidly growing cities need an effective public transport system. The denizens of Hyderabad whose long wait for the Hyderabad Metro rail has finally come to an end with the rapid transit system becoming operational and operating successfully. Currently, the Corridor I from LB Nagar to Miyapur is fully operational while the Nagole to Raidurgam stretch, i.e. Corridor III is operational to a large extent, with only the pending section involving last one kilometer, all set to be thrown open soon.
The focus now shifts to Corridor II, which is currently under construction, the progress of which is going ahead at an impressive pace. Once test runs are complete, even this corridor is expected to become operational soon, which completes the Phase 1 of Hyderabad Metro Rail project.
This corridor connects two key bus terminuses of the city – Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) and Jubilee Bus Station (JBS). Strategically located, to provide better connectivity from Hyderabad to different regions of the Telangana and other states through bus transport, the terminuses are highly significant for the road transport sector.
For the first time ever, a world-class transit system in the form of Hyderabad Metro is all set to link these two regions, spanning a distance of about 15 km’s, with 15 metro stations in total. The stretch of Koti to Secunderabad, is one of the busiest in the city and it has been one of the arterial links of the twin cities, for many decades.
The corridor passes through some of the busy junctions and important localities like Musheerabad, RTC X Road, Chikkadpally, Narayanguda, Kacheguda, Badi Chowdi, Koti and Osmania Medical college. The route has been the city’s lifeline for many years, till geographical expansion and development of the city led to creation of other busy hubs, such as Dilsukhnagar, Uppal, Mehdipatnam, Madhapur, Hitech city, Gachibowli, Kukatpally, etc.
The metro rail is giving a facelift to this strategic route of Old Hyderabad. The project is giving a new impetus to development across the region, abutting the Corridor II, which is expected to ease the traffic woes on this congested and dense stretch.
Moreover, it will be a boon for people travelling to MGBS, JBS and Secunderabad railway station. There will be two interchange stations, namely MGBS metro station that connects Corridor I and Parade Grounds metro station, that provides link to Corridor III. This creates the scope for seamless travel across all the three corridors, stretching for about 66 km in Hyderabad city. The operationalization of Corridor II of Hyderabad Metro, expected to be announced soon, will be a watershed moment in the history of Modern Hyderabad!