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Chandrababu Naidu source: sirulu.com
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By Newsgram staff writer

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has entrusted the Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada metro rail projects to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said on Saturday.

Naidu made the announcement in Vijayawada after principal advisor of DMRC, E Sreedharan submitted the Detailed Project Reports (DPR’s) to him in the presence of Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

The metro project in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam is estimated to cost Rs 12,727 crore while the one in Vijayawada will cost Rs 6,769 crore. DMRC had been asked to complete both by December 2018, Naidu told reporters.

Venkaiah Naidu said Visakhapatnam metro would be developed on two corridors over a total length of 42.55 km.

The metro in Vijayawada is proposed to be developed on a 26.03 km corridor. The union minister said though Vijayawada does not meet the population criteria of 20 lakh for taking up the metro project, the central government had relaxed the rule.

He promised all help from the Centre for the completion of the metro projects which were being taken up as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

“We have decided to start work on Visakhapatnam metro. The ministry of urban development is studying Vijayawada metro project. We will finalise funding sources,” he said.

The union minister said since the low population of Guntur doesn’t make metro rail feasible, they were planning to have high-speed rail between Guntur and Vijayawada via Amaravati. DMRC has been asked to prepare the DPR for it.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Hiring a cab from a Metro station in Delhi is set to become a lot more easier as ride hailing major Uber on Tuesday announced it has won a competitive bid to expand its operations across 210 Delhi Metro stations.

Under the partnership to improve first and last-mile connectivity for users, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will provide Uber dedicated pick up and drop points.

Talking to reporters, DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh said that a pilot is being run at about four stations and the facility will eventually be made available in 210 of 274 Metro stations.

“Research has shown that integrating on-demand services with public transport is beneficial for riders,” Singh said at an even which saw Uber launching its “public transport” service in Delhi, making it the ninth city globally and first in Asia to have such a feature.

“This new initiative integrating public transport with mobility operators like Uber will certainly boost first and last mile connectivity solutions for around six million passenger journeys performed in the system daily,” Singh said.

“DMRC has partnered with on-demand mobility operators like Uber to enhance their commuting experience with seamless last mile connectivity,” he said.

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Uber said it launched the “public transport” journey planning feature for Uber riders across New Delhi to make travel easier with the information riders need to make the smartest possible journey choices.

“We want to be the operating system of your everyday life. We want to replace your car with your phone,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told reporters here.

“India is core to Uber’s growth strategy for the next 5-10 years,” he added.

Riders will see “Public Transport” as an option alongside UberGo, Premier and Pool after opening the Uber app and entering a destination.

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Upon selecting the public transport feature, riders will be able to see the fastest and cheapest routes, real-time schedules, as well as departure time for public transportation, including Metro and buses and walking directions, to and from nearby Metro stations and bus stops.

“By launching Public Transport, live transit information about the city’s heartline, the Delhi Metro and the DTC, will be available in the Uber app, thereby helping us fulfill some of the important responsibilities that come with being a good partner to this great global city,” said Pradeep Parameswaran, President, Uber India and South Asia. (IANS)