Hyderabad Metro leases out two Engines and six Coaches to Nagpur Metro for 3 years

Hyderabad Metro coaches to chug in Nagpur from August, as the wait for Hyderabad gets longer

HYDERABAD: This Independence Day, Metro Rail is all set to chug. But hold your breath, it will not be in Hyderabad, but in Nagpur. Having acquired 57 engines and 171 coaches long ago, Hyderabad Metro Rail has been unable to utilise them as the project is still incomplete.

Following a request from Nagpur that two engines and six coaches be leased to them for trial runs for the metro rail project in that city, HMRL obliged and the trial runs are to commence on August 15 this year.

The engines and coaches are to be leased to Nagpur for a period of three years. Official sources said the coaches were dispatched to Nagpur a couple of weeks ago from Uppal depot on special multi-wheeled road trailers and that the same arrived in Nagpur on July 28.

The trial run in Nagpur will be for a stretch of 5.6 km of the total 38.2 km. The state government has reportedly taken the decision to lease the metro rail engine and coaches to other cities as the same are lying unutilised for the past three years. Project developer L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited had procured the 57 engines and 171 coaches at a cost of 1,800 crore from Hyundai Rotem in South Korea for all the three corridors covering a distance of 72 km.