Metro trains in the city were bustling with IT employees before Corona. But everything changed after that. With the lockdown, IT companies have implemented a work-from-home approach to employees, with 90 percent of IT employees working from home. As a result, Metro Rail slipped into massive financial losses. But things are improving right now.
From the first week of April, IT employees were told to cancel work-from-home and come to the offices. Slowly, all the IT employees are going to the offices. As a result, the number of IT employees availing metro services is steadily increasing. In this context, the metro authorities are taking special measures to run the metro trains in line with the demand.
Metro trains are currently running at full capacity in all three corridors. There are 325 trips on Corridor-1 (Miyapur-Elbinagar), 325 trips on Corridor-3 (Nagole-Rayadurg), and 265 trips on Corridor-2 (JBS-NGBS). A total of 915 trips are being run across the three corridors every day, with more than 2 lakh passengers traveling on metro trains from morning till night, officials said.
Currently, one Metro train is available every 5 to 8 minutes during peak hours (fix hours) and every 10 minutes during off-peak hours in all corridors. Corridor-3 is one of the three most important metro corridors. From key places like LB Nagar, Nagole, Miyapur, Kukatpally, Secunderabad, and Malakpet, IT employees use Metro trains to reach their offices in Madhapur and Rayadurg. Metro officials said that in view of the congestion, Metro trains will run on a short loop from Ameerpet Interchange station to Rayadurg in the IT corridor.