Loco-pilot S Supriya drove the first Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) during its launch ceremony by PM Narendra Modi at 2.15 pm on Tuesday (Nov 28). The inauguration had Modi and other dignitaries take a ride in the metro starting from Miyapur station in the city.
Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and state BJP chief K Laxman were also at the launch.
The PM also launched T Savari, a mobile app for metro passengers. The general public will use the metro from today, i.e Wednesday.
"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" - K Sindhuja, loco-pilot
HMR is touted as the world’s largest public private partnership project. In its over 100 loco-pilot strength, 35 are women. These women have already gone through the training in the last 18 months. They have also steered the metro a couple of thousands of kilometres as part of their training.
“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,” K Sindhuja of Warangal said earlier, Telangana Today reported. She has logged in over 8,000 km during the last 18 months.
The PM is in the city for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit organised by the Indian government in collaboration with the US government. He landed at the Begumpet airport and a crowd of BJP workers and leaders gathered to welcome him.
Whatever the BJP is today, it is due to the hard work and sweat of countless BJP workers and their families,” he said thanking the supporters, IE reported.
“The central government will provide all possible support to new projects and developmental activities taken up by all states in the country,” the PM added.
Picture credit- Telangana Today