Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd. (HMR) entered into an agreement with IIT Delhi on Saturday, for the latter to study integration of different modes of transport and provision of pedestrian facilities, cycling and other Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) facilities, etc. at the metro rail stations. This is to facilitate “seamless travel facility” for metro rail commuters in the twin cities.
The feasibility study costing Rs.19 lakh was sanctioned by the Union Government under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Scheme (JNNURM) to make the project stand out in the country as well as to facilitate redesigning the capital as an eco-friendly city with less carbon emissions, said HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.
Report in 5 months
The report will be prepared within five months and based on its assessment, further Central financial assistance will be sought for provision of these facilities, he said. As part of the study, IIT Delhi will identify inter-change points of different modes of transport, pedestrian access facilities within half-a- kilometre to one-kilometre distance from the metro rail stations; cycling and other NMT access requirements within there kilometres from the metro stations.
Access facilities for transfer of passengers from bus stops; MMTS stations and railway terminals to and from metro rail stations will be identified. The study will also provide the basis for running of dedicated feeder bus services (‘merry go-round services’) in the metro rail catchment areas, i.e. the colonies and activity areas around metro rail stations.
Based on the expected passenger loads at each metro station, IIT Delhi will suggest pedestrian access facilities to metro rail stations, provision of footpaths and bicycle tracks, parking facilities for cars and two wheelers at and near metro stations and sky-walks below the metro rail viaduct.
Works in full swing
Sky-walks on the lines of the ones in Bangkok will give direct access and landing into the nearby office and shopping complexes, malls, school buildings, multiplexes, etc., apart from facilitating safe crossing of junctions.
The MD also stated that stage-I metro rail works between Nagole and Mettuguda were going on in full swing and so far 57 pier (pillar) foundations have been excavated and 50 foundations and 20 piers have been completed.
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