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Old October 16th, 2017, 06:38 AM   #15921
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Hyderabad Metro Rail misses crucial deadline

HYDERABAD: October 15, the deadline set for itself by the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd, has come and gone but the work on two of the corridors remains incomplete.Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited and L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited planned to complete the work on the 13-km-long Miyapur-Ameerpet stretch of Corridor-I and the 17-km-long Ameerpet-Nagole stretch of Corridor-III by Sunday but it may take a few more weeks for them to complete works such as electrification and signalling, station development, development of parking spaces, passenger circulation areas and greenery along central medians.

L&TMRHL is said to have deployed additional manpower to complete the pending works at the earliest as the said stretches under construction would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 28.Safety tests and trial runs from Begumpet to Ameerpet and SR Nagar to Ameerpet have to be carried out once the interchange station at Ameerpet gets ready. The necessary approvals for commercial operations between Nagole and Mettuguda (8 km) and between Miyapur and SR Nagar (12 km) have already been obtained.

Track, electrification and signalling works on the Begumpet-Ameerpet and Ameerpet-SR Nagar stretches are going on and, after completion of the works, the statutory inspection of Overhead Electric Traction System (OETS) has to be conducted for energisation of OETS.

Energisation of OETS will facilitate conduct of oscillation tests of metro trains by Research Designs and Standards Organisation (RDSO) of the ministry of railways. The RDSO team has to conduct the tests and issue a certificate. Thereafter, L&TMRHL will conduct trial runs in the Begumpet-Ameerpet and SR Nagar-Ameerpet sections.

At the board meeting on September 19, HMRL managing director NVS Reddy assured the members, including state chief secretary S P Singh, that work on these two stretches would be completed by October 15 to facilitate trial running of trains so that the commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS) can be approached for safety certification. The Nagole-Begumpet and Miyapur-SR Nagar sections have already been energised, after obtaining CEIG’s sanction. According to sources, trial runs are under way between Mettuguda and Begumpet (9 km). First, empty trains were run and, later, those laden with sand bags to simulate the actual running condition of a three-car train to its full capacity of 600 to 800 passengers.

The RDSO will conduct a thorough check of various parameters such as train movement at different speeds, braking, gradients, tilts and turns, efficiency of overhead power traction and towing of trains during an emergency to help L&TMRHL obtain the speed certification.
After about 20 days of testing by RDSO, metro rail authorities will seek the permission of CMRS to conduct their own safety test. Only after the CMRS gives its nod can the L&TMRHL and HMRL commercially launch train operations.

Officials said that the urban rejuvenation work at 24 metro stations and greening of the central medians on the two stretches is picking up pace and would take a few weeks for completion.
HMR has finalised the tenders for improving streetscape underneath all the 24 stations along the two corridors at a cost of `50 crore.

These include signages, bus bays, street furniture, widening of footpaths and barricading. The continuous heavy rains for the past few weeks are hampering the work. On the flip side, development of the proposed 32 parking spaces and circulating areas, 17 by L&THMRL and 15 by HMRL, may be delayed by a few months. The less said the better about the pathetic condition of roads along metro stretches. Though HMR has nothing to do with it, the road-laying work has been left to the newly-formed Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL). And, what steps it is taking is hardly known.

Work on 13-km Miyapur-Ameerpet stretch and 17-km Ameerpet-Nagole stretch was to be completed by October 15.

It may take a few months more to be completed as electrification, signalling, station development and other work are pending

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Old October 16th, 2017, 11:57 AM   #15922
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Originally Posted by amittabha1968 View Post
The most imp thing is to have a man like shreedharan as head of organization. But than such men are few and even if there not selected.
Dont agree.....Shridharan succeeded because DMC was govt funded.
He tried to enter Hyd metro thru back door but was thwarted.
He then spoke against this ppp model....
If only KCR had not delayed the metro by one year........

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Old October 16th, 2017, 01:14 PM   #15923
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I don't think parking spaces, circulation areas and street works will be completed at all 24 stations. And only few entry / exits might start at Ameerpet by Nov end. The parking and circulation area land near Secunderabad East station has not even been leveled yet

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Old October 16th, 2017, 11:43 PM   #15924
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Hyderabad Metro Rail aims for foolproof security

There will be surveillance on the station premises and its vicinity, including parking spaces.

By AuthorS. Sandeep Kumar | Published: 17th Oct 2017 12:05 am Updated: 17th Oct 2017 12:17 am

Every passenger entering the station will be frisked and their baggage scanned with advanced scanners.

Hyderabad: If the project is the world’s biggest public-private partnership, can its security not meet global standards? The Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR), apart from aiming at setting standards for the world in passenger-friendly facilities, will stand out for its advanced and foolproof security system to be established at all metro stations in the city.

With the launch date nearing, authorities are putting their best foot forward to ensure that all aspects related to safety and security of passengers, and the metro rail itself, are in place.

“HMR will be known for its safety and security arrangements among all the metros. It is the world’s largest public-private partnership project and one needs to ensure foolproof security at the stations and nearby areas as well,” said NVS Reddy, HMR Managing Director.

Each station has four entry and exit points. While these will be closely guarded with technology, there will be surveillance on the station premises and its vicinity, including parking spaces, the viaduct, track, depots, and coaches as well.

There will be surveillance cameras, sensors and alarms to monitor unmanned areas. Intrusion detection systems and anti-sabotage checking measures will also be part of the security arrangements. Every passenger entering the station would be frisked and their baggage scanned with advanced scanners installed at all the stations, not to mention about handheld metal detectors, Reddy said.

Footage from surveillance cameras will be synchronised with the Operation and Control Centre (OCC) in Uppal and the Police Control Room. Security personnel will also constantly monitor the stations from the OCC. “With four cameras in every coach and over 60 high-resolution cameras at each station, imagine the kind of surveillance being provided,” Reddy added.

A special coordination committee, involving officials from the Police Commissionerates of Hyderabad, Cyberabad, Rachakonda, and L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad Limited, was formed to finalise the security arrangements at the stations. Guidance from Ministry of Home Affairs was also sought, he said.

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Originally Posted by stupid007 View Post
Dont agree.....Shridharan succeeded because DMC was govt funded.
He tried to enter Hyd metro thru back door but was thwarted.
He then spoke against this ppp model....
If only KCR had not delayed the metro by one year........
Partly agree and disagree with u. Shreedharan is a proven leader as shown by Konkan railway project and partly Delhi metro. But he is publicity hungry. Yes delhi metro got huge funds for metro construction and also full support of centre for demolition of structures etc.

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Women to be driving force behind Hyderabad Metro Rail

Of the more than 100 loco pilots of Hyderabad Metro Rail, 35 are women.
By AuthorS. Sandeep Kumar | Published: 18th Oct 2017 12:00 am Updated: 18th Oct 2017 12:16 am

Women loco pilots of Hyderabad Metro Rail limited are raring to go as all efforts are being made to launch the metro services in the last week of November Hyderabad. Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: As the Hyderabad Metro Rail gets ready to chug across the city next month, women are going to be a major driving force behind the world’s largest public private partnership project.

HMR, which will have over 100 loco pilots, already has 35 women steering its trains. Several months of rigorous training apart, these women have already logged in several thousands of km of train piloting over the last 18 months of trial runs by the HMR.

And as the launch date gets closer, they too, like every other Hyderabadi, are eagerly awaiting to see the city’s dream project take wings.

Unlike a majority of their friends, who have gone into software development and other professions, these women, most of them engineering graduates and diploma holders have decided to opt for a tougher and comparatively new avenue.

“Hyderabad Metro Rail provided me with an opportunity to prove a point and I grabbed it with both hands. Forget the past, women are now driving trains and I am proud to be one among them,” says K Sindhuja of Warangal, who has logged in over 8,000 km during the last 18 months.

With 35 women loco pilots, and more likely to join the team, HMR will probably have the highest number of women crew on board as it commences operations.

It was not a cakewalk for these women to get selected. Gruelling psychometric tests, research designs and standards organisation tests, several technical rounds and medical tests later, they had to undergo six months of intense training, including backbreaking sessions on simulators.
But for many, more than these tests, it was the task of convincing their parents that was a challenge.

“Initially my mother was apprehensive about the job, but my dad supported me a lot,” says B Vennela of Mahabubnagar, who has completed 3,000 km so far.

For S Supriya from Nizamabad, the job is both challenging and exciting.

“My friends definitely earn a bit more, but when I ask them ‘Can you drive a train?’ they remain silent. Finance is important, but job satisfaction is even more,” says Supriya, who has 2,500 km of loco-piloting on record.

Interestingly, most of these women are not ready to drive a train all their lives. “We want to go on to handle the jobs of a station controller, a depot controller and even traffic controller,” they say.
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