Model Metro coach unveiled

Model Metro coach unveiled
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Model Metro coach unveiled. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the driver’s seat of a model train coach which he unveiled at Necklace Road in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the driver’s seat of a model train coach which he unveiled at Necklace Road in Hyderabad on Wednesday. (From left) NVS Reddy, Managing Director of HMR, Ministers Danam Nagendar and Pithani Satyanarayana are also seen. (Right) A model of the Metro Rail coach from South Korea.

  • Manufactured by Korea, HMR to import 171 coaches
  • First phase to be flagged off by March 2015
  • 22 ft long coach will accommodate 200 passengers
  • Open for public viewing from today
It was a historic event for the happening city as the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy unveiled the model coach of Hyderabad Metro on the Necklace Road here on Wednesday. Manufactured by the South Korea-based Hyundai-Rotterdam company, the prototype Model will be open for public viewing from Thursday.
Addressing the gathering, Kiran asked the officials to ensure that the Phase-1 of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) was completed by March 2015. He said HMR was the world's largest metro rail project under Public-Private Partnership mode.
The project would be another jewel in Hyderabad’s crown along with the 160-km Outer Ring Road and P V Narasimha Rao Expressway, he said, adding these infrastructure ventures would ease traffic problems in Greater Hyderabad region.
“The HMR’S coach is an intelligent one, as it has Communication Based Train Control (CBTS) system due to which it will reduce the journey time and will have information of the other coach on the track,” said the managing director of HMR NVS Reddy. He said that the 22 mts long coach will accommodate over 200 passenger including seating arrangement for 45 members. For the first time in India, the train will have LED lighting system.
“Seeing your enthusiasm I am convinced that India will be a great superpower in the near future. We are all 60-plus. You are all young. You alone can bring about the change,” he said. Saying no corruption means that there would be no poverty, Naidu exhorted the youth to take a pledge to eradicate poverty. The beauty of democracy was that people get an opportunity to vote and choose the leadership that delivers and now the time had come for it, he said.
Larson & Turbo, Hyderabad Metro Rail, MD, VB Gadgil said that the Hyderabad Metro Rail would be a synonym for safety environment in the city. “High security arrangement with special exits during emergency is provided in the coach and also in station.”
Initially each train would have three coaches and once the passenger traffic increases another three coaches would be added, Gadgil said. The Metro Rail and stations are designed for convenience of physically challenged and also for senior citizens
Gadgil said that over 171 coaches would be imported in all. He said the rails for the test tracks had already been laid at Nagole Depot where around 92 per cent of the construction work and 50 per cent of the technical work had been completed, and the laying of the track on the via duct has just begun. Following the track work, electrification and interiors of the six Metro stations along with the 8-km stretch would be done which includes installation of escalators, lifts, and automatic fare collection system.
NVS Reddy said that the expansion of HMR project was also in the offing and the deliberations are underway at the secretary level. Ministers Danam Nagender, M Mukesh Goud, Kasu Krishna Reddy, Pithani Satyanarayana among others also present at the launch programme.

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