The Hyderabad Metropolitan Area (HMA) will require a whopping Rs. 1,46,530 crore over the next three decades to address deficiencies and meet future transportation requirements. This is the preliminary estimate of LEA Associates, the agency that took up a comprehensive transportation study for the HMA.

At a recent meeting of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA), the consultants presented the preliminary estimates of the transportation proposals which worked out to Rs. 1,46,530 crore. The figure was arrived at after envisaging an expenditure of an average of Rs. 5,000 crore per annum over the next 30 years.

The HMA encompasses 7,200 sq. km in Hyderabad district and parts of the neighbouring districts of Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar.

In the presentation on ‘long-term transport strategy’ for the year 2041, the consultants considered population projection, employment forecast, land-use scenario and other aspects such as vehicle growth.

LEA Associates suggested that to make the transportation system effective, there should be a transportation system consisting of 235 km covered by Metro, 115 km of BRT network, 115 km of MMTS and a hierarchical road network of 6,500 km.

Following the presentation, the UMTA suggested the formation of a resource mobilisation task force with senior officials of the departments concerned to raise the required resources.

The meeting, which was attended by GHMC Commissioner, M.T. Krishna Babu, Principal Secretary (MA&UD) B. Sam Bob and HMDA Commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad, also approved the proposal to develop Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) guidelines.

The committee agreed to promote Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) usage and formulate appropriate policies apart from constituting a working group comprising HMDA, GHMC and the Traffic Police to finalise the policy.

The meeting also discussed the progress of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to be introduced in the city.