Elevated Bus Rapid Transport System For Hitec City?
The government is examining the possibility of developing an elevated Bus Rapid Transport System or a tramway between the JNTU junction and Hitec City.
Hyderabad | 11th March 2020
Telangana Minister for Municipal Administration K T Rama Rao informed the Assembly today that the state government was examining the possibility of developing an elevated Bus Rapid Transport System or a tramway between the JNTU junction and Hitec City to ease traffic on the stretch.
He said that the government would give priority to improving public transport system in the recently announced Hyderabad Urban Agglomeration project with a budget of Rs 10,000 crore.
Replying to questions raised by the MLAs, he said that efforts were also being made to expand the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) operations. He said that a detailed project report was under examination for the proposed Airport Metro Express corridor, and a decision in this regard would be taken shortly.
He also said that the remaining works of the HMR in the Old City would be completed as early as possible. The 5 km stretch of Corridor II of the project between MGBS and Falaknuma in the Old City was stuck due to 18 of the 93 religious and sensitive structures existing on this stretch needing to be removed for the Metro. He said that he was however optimistic that the process of the acquisition of religious places would be completed soon with the support of local leaders.
"We have saved all these structures through engineering solutions. We will soon take up land acquisition for the project and seek the cooperation of the local MLAs in resolving issues arising out of it for the smooth progress of the project," he told the MLAs from the Old City. In genaral, the government was keen on the development of the Old City, and huge funds had been allocated in the budget for that, as also for the Musi river's purification, the minister claimed.
Proposals had also been sent to L&T for introducing passes for the Metro for the convenience of regular commuters, and that plans were also afoot to extend the Metro's hours, KTR said.
The minister also said that to provide last mile connectivity, the HMR was collaborating with the TSRTC, and also setting up last mile feeders as well as bicycle stations. "To address the parking problem, we have already provided space for 20,000 two-wheelers and 400 four-wheelers. Efforts are on to construct 20 multi-level car parking lots, and tenders will be invited shortly," he added.
Criticising the union government, he claimed that the Centre had only a 10% share in the Metro, and that the state was yet to get Rs 250 crore from the Centre for the project.
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