Good news for commuters in Hyderabad. The Telangana state government is making arrangements to resume Hyderabad Metro Rail services from the third week of June.
Metro Rail services have been shut since March 15 following imposition of corona lockdown in Telangana.
With Centre and state government gradually lifting curbs on lockdown, Metro Rail officials are planning to begin Metro Rail services from June 15.
Hyderabad Metro Rail has become the most preferred public transportation mode for commuters in Hyderabad due to its seamless services without traffic snarls, which has been a regular feature on city roads causing severe troubles to commuters who commute by vehicles on roads.
The Metro Rail with three coaches accommodates at least 1000 commuters in each trip on one side. In the wake of social distancing norms now, the trains are likely to be operated with 50-60 per cent of the commuters to check spread of coronavirus and for the safety of commuters. Just about 500 to 600 commuters may be allowed in each train. Circles will be drawn in the compartments to enable the people to observe physical distance.
There is a plan to adopt Chennai model to use toes to operate lifts in escalators in Metro Rail stations without the need to touch by hands. The handles in the coaches will be sanitised at regular intervals.
Besides, sanitisers will be made available at Metro rail stations. The Metro trains, which have been confined to depots at Uppal and Miyapur for the past three months are being maintained daily to check speed, load bearing capacity and other maintenance works.