The first metro rail for L&T Hyderabad metro rail project has been rolled our from Hyundai-Rotem factory in Korea and is expected to reach Hyderabad by the third week of May. The Hyderabad metro rail project is being executed by L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd, a subsidiary of L&T IDPL, promoted by L&T Group.
The rolling stock has been moved from Hyundai-Rotem Factory at Changwon in Korea, in the presence of Y.M. Deosthalee, Chairman, L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd and V.B. Gadgil, chief executive and managing director, L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd. The train was run on test track at the Hyundai Rotem Factory. Representatives from Hyundai Rotem, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan, Knorr-Bremse, Germany, Hankuk Fibre, Korea travelled in the train during the roll out ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion Deosthalee, said, “It is indeed a historic moment and we are proud to see the train (Rolling Stock) coming to Hyderabad ahead of the scheduled date, which is a benchmark and a trendsetter.”
Gadgil said, “We are committed to making it the best metro project in India. L&T is steadfast in abiding by the timelines. The people of Hyderabad will have a glimpse of their dream train on tracks in June 2014.”
The shipment of the first train (three cars) from Hyundai-Rotem Factory is expected to reach HMR Uppal Depot in Hyderabad by May third week and the trial run for commercial operations from Nagole to Mettuguda, a stretch of 8-km in the first phase, on the viaduct would commence in June. The commercial operation is scheduled to start in March next year.
The company officials had earlier announced that all 21 cars required for running seven trains on the stretch would be available before the end of current year. L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd has ordered 171 coaches for the project, which comprises three corridors. To start with, it plans to run three-car trains and as the ridership improves, it would be turned into six-car trains.
The 72-km-long elevated metro rail project along three dense corridors, being built at a cost of Rs.16,000 crore, is one of the biggest projects in the world in public private partnership model.
Hyundai Rotem has earlier accomplished Delhi Metro phase-I and phase-III and Namma metro project in Bengaluru in stages. The Hyderabad project is the third city for Hyundai Rotem in India.