Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Metro Rail has set a new record on Friday. The Metro Rail witnessed a total of 2.95 lakh passengers utilizing the service within a day in Hyderabad. As per the latest figures, the record was established on Friday on Corridor 1 (Miyapur to LB Nagar) and Corridor 3 (Nagole to HiTech City).
According to the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director NVS Reddy, Ameerpet, being the interchange station connecting two corridors, recorded the highest footfall of 19,000 passengers, which was followed by HiTech City, which recorded a footfall of 17,201 passengers. The final stops of the two corridors witnessed a footfall of 16,000 and 14,000 passengers each.
HMR has stated that 2.65 passengers, particularly the government and private company employees are witnessed on an average in the two metro routes on weekdays while weekends record other commuters apart from the regular passengers.
The HMR director stated that an increase of 5,000 passengers on an average per week is being noticed with more first and last mile connectivity being established with the introduction of shuttle services.
He added that nearly 1.39 lakh passengers are traveling through the smart card, indicating the increase in regular customers. Touted to be the largest metro in the world under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, the entire Metro Rail project is likely to be completed by December 2019. The HMRL is planning to extend the project to Shamshabad to provide metro service to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA).