The 24 stations along the route were abuzz since early Wednesday morning. "Selfie with Metro" seemed to be the theme of the day as youngsters and adults alike could be seen clicking photos both inside the train as well as in the station premises.
Serpentine queues could be seen at the ticket counters of all the stations. Several people were seen buying Smart Cards in order to take up daily commuting by the rapid transit mode. As many as 12,000 smartcards were sold in the last three days, officials said.
About 1,00,000 people travelled by the trains today. The Metro Rail authorities are expecting that the rush will increase on the weekend.
Speaking on the frequency of the trains, officials concerned said that there would be a train every 15 minutes from Nagole to Miyapur, between 6 am and 10 pm. While the RTC buses took nearly an hour and fifty minutes for covering the distance between Nagole and Miyapur, the Metro would take just half the time, they said.
In order to keep the Metro premises secure, six policemen will be guarding every station, in three shifts. Police outposts have been set up at all the 24 stations.
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