Hyderabad: Hyderabad metro will run till the early morning hours of January 1, to facilitate safe travel on the occasion of New year celebrations on December 31st night.
HMRL managing director, NVS Reddy announced that the last trains would leave the originating stations at 1 am and reach their destinations at around 2 am on January 1.
He has also mentioned that Metro Rail police and security wings will keep a close watch to ensure that there is no drunken misbehavior on the part of anyone in the trains and stations.
HMRL director KVB Reddy has appealed to the passengers to cooperate with the authorities and travel responsibly in metro trains without giving any scope for untoward incidents.
Ahead of New Year’s eve in Hyderabad, traffic police issued guidelines restricting vehicular movement on flyovers, PVNR expressway, and Outer Ring Road (ORR).
As per the guideline, flyovers at Shilpa Layout, Gachibowli, Biodiversity 1 and 2, Shaikpet, Mindspace, Jubilee Hills Road Number 45, Cyber Towers, Forum Mall-JNTU, Kaithalapur and Balanagar, Hyderabad will remain closed for vehicles and pedestrians between 11 pm and 5 am.
Apart from flyovers, cable bridge in Hyderabad to remain closed
Apart from flyovers, the Durgam Cheruvu cable bridge will remain closed on the intervening night of December 31-January 1. Neither vehicles nor pedestrians will be allowed between 11 pm and 5 am.
Earlier Hyderabad city police commissioner issued a set of guidelines to organizers including the management of three-star and above hotels, clubs, and pubs.
Despite the closure of flyovers in Hyderabad, it is the responsibility of the management of pubs/bars to make necessary arrangements to provide drivers/cabs to the customers who are in a drunken state to reach their destinations safely, the guidelines mentioned.
No restriction on vehicles coming from or heading toward Hyderabad Airport
Restrictions at flyovers will also be applicable at ORR and PVNR Expressway in Hyderabad. No light motor vehicles will be allowed between 10 pm on December 31 and 5 am on January 1.
However, vehicles going to or coming from Hyderabad Airport will be allowed to use both ORR and PVNR Expressway.
Penalty for saying no to rides
Cab, taxi, and auto-rickshaw drivers cannot refuse the rides. If anyone is found saying no to rides, Rs. 500 penalty will be imposed under section 178 of the Motor Vehicles (MV).
People can register their complaints on WhatsApp number 9490617346. As part of the complaint, vehicle details along with the time and place of the incident must be shared.