With lack of connectivity being the biggest issue the MMTS faces, plans for constructing phase-II are in the pipeline, say officials.
The first phase of Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) covers a distance of 43 km with 27 stations and connects commuters to Secunderabad, Nampally, Dabirpur, Malakpet, Falaknuma, Madhapur and Lingampally.
Every day, around 1.25 to 1.3 lakh passengers use the services. However, the major roadblock for MMTS is its poor connectivity, which is why it has a limited set of users despite being one of the best modes to commute.
“MMTS has limited routes and this is our biggest limitation. After seeing its demand, we are now expanding and constructing phase-II,” said K Sambasiva Rao, CPRO, South Central Railways.
In March 2012, the Cabinet committee on infrastructure approved the second phase of the MMTS. After 10 years of successfully running phase-I, the second phase, which was in the planning stages, will soon be getting a tangible form.
In the current financial budget, the government of Andhra Pradesh has sanctioned `6.25 crore towards the first instalment of its annual share of `25 crore allocated for the second phase of Hyderabad MMTS.
The MMTS phase-II project is estimated to cost `632 crore. Two-thirds of the cost of the project will be funded by the State, and the rest by Indian Railways. The central government has sanctioned `99 crore for the project in the railway budget.
“The first step has been laid. We are now surveying various spots and finalising the route. Once this is done, we will begin construction and we plan to complete it during the current five-year plan (2012-17),” said Rao.
Under phase-II, Falaknuma-International Airport, Tellapur-Patancheru, Secunderabad-Bolarum, Sanathnagar-Moula Ali, Moula Ali-Malkajgiri-Sitaphalmandi, Bolarum-Medchal and Moula Ali-Ghatkesar sections will be developed. Old railway tracks that weren’t being used are also being restored.
Phase-I has been facing problems with sharing tracks as there are no separate tracks for MMTS. For phase-II, however, new tracks have to be laid and existing tracks changed to electrical lines.
“It gets overloaded. We need to study the timetable of other trains and accordingly fit in the phase-II services,” said Rao.
It is expected that around five lakh citizens will use MMTS phase-II. The final location survey is scheduled to be completed in the next two months, after which the railways will float tenders. By April 2013, construction is expected to begin.
Phase-II will integrate with the upcoming Metro at nine junctions. On Metro route-I, it will integrate at Malakpet, Lakdikapul, Khairatabad and Bharat Nagar; on corridor-II at Falaknuma; and on corridor-III at Secunderabad, Begumpet and Nampally.
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