The prime minister of India Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first 30km stretch of Hyderabad’s new metro system.
Modi described the project as a “significant infrastructure project that will benefit the citizens of Hyderabad” as he travelled on sections between Miyapur and Kukatpari stations.
The 72km automated metro is made up of three elevated corridors: Miyapur to LB Nagar; JBS to Falaknuma; and Nagole to Shilparamam. It is set to tackle the growing traffic woes of Hyderabad and carry 1.3 million passengers each day once it is fully operational.
Hyundai Rotem rolling stock will run on the network following the award of a 261.4 billion won (around €204 million) for 171 cars in 2012. They have a maximum speed of 80km/h and are equipped with LCD passenger information screens.