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Updated: March 10, 2012 10:57 IST

MMTS second phase awaits ‘green signal'

V. Geetanath
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It is pending with the Ministry of Railways for the last six years despite ‘positive signs'

Dark clouds continue to hover around the fate of phase two of Multi-Modal Transit Services (MMTS) pending with the Ministry of Railways for the last six years. Despite “positive signs” emanating from different quarters, the mood is more sombre in the upper echelons of the railways.

The issue of forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) is being brought into the picture once again. It was broached with the government after the visit of Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to the city last month. Interestingly, the government has already cleared the second phase with its commitment to pick up the two-third cost of the project in 2005!

And, the Railway Board as well as the Ministry has been non-committal on the SPV till now even after there has been a renewed interest in the project in the last couple of years.

Project cost too has escalated from Rs.325 crore to Rs.641 crore or more.

“What the project needs is immediate grounding of works such as starting a new line to Umdanagar near Shamshabad , doubling and electrification of rail line from Falaknuma to Umdanagar; Doubling and electrification of Sanatnagar to Moula Ali line. Bringing SPV back into the picture would only delay matters,” insist senior officials.

Their take is that the railways or the South Central Railway (SCR) should or could continue the current method of operations more so because taking up the MMTS second phase suits its own interest besides taking care of suburban transport.

“There is a general reluctance on the part of Railways to get into the “loss making” suburban transport services taking into consideration the Mumbai and Kolkata experiences Yet, here the much needed rail infrastructure cost for the future passenger and freight traffic needs is being taken care of to a significant extent by the government due to the MMTS,” point out senior officials.

For instance, the Sanatnagar-Moula Ali doubling and electrification under stage one of second phase can help decongest the Secunderabad station, plus taking up doubling or quadrupling along with electrification of the railway lines touching Medchal, Ghatkesar, Manoharabad, Bhongir sections at a later stage would be a great help once new freight or passenger terminals are demarcated.

“Our government and MPs should lobby with the Centre for MMTS phase two at least this year because not a penny was allotted despite being mentioned in the Railway Budget last year,” said Vijay K, MMTS Travellers' Group.

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Hyderabad and AP are receiving stepsister's treatment these days and
this is not the first instance. The situation is so pathetic that
imagine one of the major state's in India number's wise, only behind
UP(80) and Maharashtra(48), sending 30 ruling coalition MP's out of 42
seats to the current loksabha, who can't even represent the state's
interests for some of these crucial and much needed projects. I guess
MH sends 33 and we know the situation in UP. Only way for AP to
receive required attention and importance would be to have it's own
alternative regional political parties (like how AIADMK and DMK are to
TN). It has to join the states like UP, TN, WB and Punjab in the com
where national parties won't have much of a say. What is point of
having incompetent MP's who cant even address state's issues?

from:  Krishna Chaitanya
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 10:29 IST

A Scheme pending for six years is simply awesome and Mamatadi & her men who held railways can only do it unabashedly. This also reflects the incompetence of rail administrators stationed here who have failed to tell their bosses in rail headquarters about their well thought proposals.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Mar 10, 2012 at 14:28 IST
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