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About Vanadeeksha & its Benefits

A   green city is a place where a person would like to live in to maintain good health and also enjoy peace and solitude. The world is facing problems of acute pollution, More »

How Hyderabad Metro Rail make Hyderabad green?

A green Hyderabad is indeed beneficial the local citizens as it would provide them much respite from the heat and adverse weather conditions. Greenery is much soothing to the eyes and also More »

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How Metro Rail can be helpful in reducing pollution?

A road transport that is quick and efficient is essential in the present day circumstances for officer- goers and others who are in constant hurry to reach their business set-ups and offices. More »

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Distribution of saplings by HMR under Vana Prasadam scheme

  Managing Director, HMR Mr.N.V.S.Reddy inaugurated Vana Prasadam scheme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi on Tuesday at the Elders’ Mela meet of senior citizens at Zoroastrian Club, Secunderabad. Speaking on the More »

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How important are trees in Indian Civilization?

“Thousands and Hundreds of years if you want to enjoy the fruits and happiness of life, then take up systematic planting of trees”. (Rig-Veda) Trees have played a major role in the More »

Progress of Hyderabad Metro Rail

With the completion of the Hyderabad Metro Rail, the city of Hyderabad will join other elite cities of the world with its very own Mass Rapid Transport System. Once completed, it is envisaged that the Metro Rail will convert Hyderabad into a most preferred city of the country, as it will offer seamless commuting across the city.

Facts about the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project 

The Metro Rail network will cover a distance of 72 kilometres and it is divided into 3 corridors.

Corridor I:  Miyapur to L.B. Nagar (29 km; 27 Stations)

Corridor II: JBS, Secunderabad to Falaknuma (15 km; 16 Stations)

Corridor III: Nagole to Shilparamam (28 km; 23 Stations)

The Metro Rail will provide ‘seamless travel’ facility through integration with the existing rail terminals, bus depots, MMTS stations and “Merry-go-round” feeder buses to nearby colonies and business areas/offices to offer comfortable, convenient and hassle-free travel across the City of Pearls. 

Highlights of the Hyderabad Metro Rail 

  • The three elevated corridors throughout the city will have Metro stations along the route at a distance of approximately 1 kilometer
  • The stations will be environment-friendly with state-of-the-art facilities like lifts, escalators and staircases
  • As the Metro Rail will pass through major roads of the city, it will provide seamless connectivity to commercial and residential areas as well as bus stations.
  • Along the three corridors, parking and leisure areas will be developed on the land provided by the Government of Andhra Pradesh

Progress of Hyderabad Metro Rail

The following table shows the Corridor number and Corridor Location.

Corridor Number Corridor Details
Corridor I Miyapur to LB Nagar
Stage 2 Miyapur to S R Nagar
Stage 5 S R Nagar to L B Nagar
Corridor II JBS to Falaknuma
Stage 6 JBS to Falaknuma
Corridor III Nagole to Shilparamam
Stage 1 Nagole to Mettuguda
Stage 3 Mettuguda to Begumpet
Stage 4 Begumpet to Shilparamam

 In many places the, concreting work for foundations and piers for the viaduct have finished and barricading work is in progress. This includes Nagole to Mettuguda, Miyapur to S.R. Nagar Mettuguda to Begumpet, and S.R. Nagar to L.B. Nagar. From Begumpet to Shilparamam, confirmatory boreholes and trial pits are being dug and the work is in progress. So far 947 foundations, 782 piers, 335 spans and 5678 viaduct segments have been completed.

With regard to the stations, at Stage 1, which is from Nagole to Mettuguda, 60 piers have been constructed; while for Stage 2, which is from Miyapur to S.R. Nagar, 53 piers have been completed and for stage 5, which is from S R Nagar to L B Nagar, 33 piers have been constructed. For stages 3 and 4, trial pits and confirmatory boreholes are being dug and the work is going on as per schedule.

Nirbhaya Commute- Making travel safer for women

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Thousands of women step out today, with apprehension, fear and unrest. Mothers and family wait on the porch until their young daughter, sister or wife come home safe. While on one side the country has developed in several facets, and is no longer listed as an underdeveloped country, on the other side India still does not provide a safe place for women. 66 years of independence and women still fear stepping out with confidence. While many excel in various fields, they still have butterflies in their stomach when they have to travel late.
It is not out of place to say that commuters, be it men or women are always at risk when travelling in cosmopolitan cities, owing to the rise in crime rate. However, women are most vulnerable.
Nirbhaya sad story shook the country, and brought up many social and moral questions to the forefront. It also questioned the security system in the country and shook up many of the leaders to take more serious preventive measures to safeguard the society in general and women in particular. Nirbhaya commute is the brainchild of HMR MD Mr. N.V.S. Reddy, who is shaping the Metro Rail system to protect the women travelling in Hyderabad and give them a safer mode of transport to commute.
What is Nirbhaya Commute?
Nirbhaya commute is a tribute to Nirbhaya, the Delhi rape victim who succumbed to death after days of agony following a gang rape on a moving bus. This initiative taken by HMR does more than just monitoring Metro.

Some of the measures to strengthen safety and security include:
• Constant monitoring of coaches and stations with the help of CCTV cameras
• Deployment of women police personnel at stations and in coaches
• Creating awareness among women commuters on how they can safeguard themselves while commuting
• Using social media platforms to bring about safety awareness and have a constant dialogue with public to spread the message of safety
• Use social media to solicit suggestions from public on how to further improve safety for women and other commuters
These simple steps help a woman feel safer while using the Metro service. Camps conducted every now and then, also take feedback from the public on how safety can be hyped up at the Metro stations as well as on the coaches and try and implement the best of ideas in order to make the Metro travel safer for women.

Using Mass Rapid Transit System to reduce Air Pollution

Owing to the large number of vehicles, including motorcycles and scooters, air pollution is a major problem in Hyderabad. The fine particulate matter of dust, smoke, soot and gaseous emissions have an impact on human health. It also can have an adverse effect on property, as structures can sustain damage due to corrosive ambient elements. However, it is health of people that is a more worrisome issue.

Vehicles are instrumental in emissions, such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and NOx. These emissions are one of the main contributors to elevated levels of air pollution in cities, including Hyderabad.

Health Issues due to Air Pollution
Due to air pollution caused by ever increasing number of vehicles, health issues that were previously not so rampant are being observed. Some of the common ailments include:

  • Respiratory disorders, such as asthma and bronchitis are on the rise
  • Skin rashes are also more common
  • Allergies
  • Premature death because of exposure to high levels of harmful pollutants in the air

 

These health issues are worrying, as they also have economic repercussions. An ailing and sick population cannot make meaningful contribution to the society, community and nation.

How to Tackle Air Pollution
One of the best ways to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads is by introducing a more efficient public transport system. When there is an efficient and affordable public transport system in place, people will be more willing to use it to go to work or to other places.

Public transport should provide a more efficient alternative to private vehicles; and one such alternative undoubtedly is Mass Rapid Transit System, like the Metro. An efficient, comfortable transport system like the Metro can convince many people leave their vehicles at home and use the Metro when they want to commute.

With HMR building the elevated Metro in Hyderabad, it will help commuters to not only beat traffic congestion on the streets, but also help reduce air pollution. Commuters can look forward to an affordable mode of transportation that is quick and comfortable. The unique driverless technology and well ventilated stations at key areas will reduce commute time and also help to decrease air pollution in Hyderabad. People will realise that using Hyderabad Metro is not only cost-effective and quick, but also convenient and comfortable.

Reducing Air Pollution through Improvement in Transport System

 

Air pollution is a serious problem in major cities of India. This problem is prevalent in Hyderabad too. Ambient concentrations of fine particulate matter can have both economic and human impacts. Where health is concerned, air pollution results in respiratory disorders, skin rashes, allergies and premature death due to exposure to elevated levels of toxic and harmful pollutants. Further, the non-health impacts are also substantial.

 

Vehicles and Air Pollution

Too many vehicles on the road are one of the main contributors to air pollution. People using private vehicles such as cars, motorcycles and scooters, often cause high levels of emissions. Sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and NoX are common emissions from vehicles and when their levels in the environment increase, it leads to air pollution.

 

How to Control Air Pollution

One of the ways to control air pollution is improving the public transport system. When there is a comfortable, efficient and cost effective transport system, commuters will be more inclined to using it.

 

There has to be a concerted effort to provide alternatives to private vehicles. One such alternative is the metro, which is a mass transit system. HMR is coming up with an elevated metro in Hyderabad and this will not only prove to be a cheaper mode of transportation, but also comfortable and quick. The state-of-the-art technology and well-ventilated stations will help people reduce their commute time across the city. When more people use Hyderabad Metro, it will result in reduction in private vehicles and this, in turn, will help to reduce emissions. When vehicular emissions reduce, air pollutants will be controlled.

 

It is envisaged that Hyderabad Metro Rail will go a long way in providing mobility to people, who use smaller vehicles because of affordable commute, and it will attract those with larger vehicles because of efficient service, cleanliness and quick mode of transportation through busy areas of the city. 

Vana Deeksha and Vana Prasadam Plantation

 

 

 

 

 

On 24th July, 2013, In view of the good public response to the mass plantation programme of HMR last year under Vana Deeksha and Vana Prasadam schemes, plantation activity under these schemes is being undertaken this year as well, announced MD, HMR Mr.NVS Reddy.   About 60,000 saplings were planted last year in different parts of the city mainly on the campuses of educational institutions, research institutes, along the roads and in residential colonies with 98% survival rate; and about 700 trees were translocated with 100% survival rate.  He stated that so far a dozen government and private organisations with campuses in the city and over 30 colony welfare associations have tied up with HMR and about 60,000 saplings are being planted this year.

A new feature in the current year is planting of some tall trees (about 15 feet) along the service roads and in colonies.  Plants of religious significance like Ravi (Peepal), Medi (Cluster Fig), Marri (Banyan), Jammi (Bulrush), Christmas tree, Thuja, Sarvi (Casurina), Pogada (Mimusops), Kanuga (Pongamia) etc., are also being planted especially in places of worship having vacant space.  Those who want to associate with HMR’s Vana Deeksha programme can contact OSD (Urban Forestry) Mr.Swami Das on Mobile No.8374356780 or General Manager (Admn) Mr.T.D.Mohan Rao on Mobile No.9849905734, said Mr.NVS Reddy.

Under Vana Prasadam scheme, limited number of plants are being distributed free of cost at Metro Rail Bhavan to individuals, organisations and resident welfare associations. On popular demand especially from women and senior citizens fruit bearing varieties like Usiri (Amla), Jama (Guava), Sapota (Chickoo), Panasa (Jackfruit), Nimma (Lime), Mango  and flowering plants like Ganneru (Nerium), Mandara (hibiscus), Nandivardhanam (Moonbeam), Patcha Ganneru (Tecoma) etc., are also being  distributed, added Mr.Reddy.