South Central Railway seeks 300 acres each for three passenger terminals

The government has advised the SCR to come up with a more practical proposal for the extent of land required for constructing its fourth passenger terminal at Hi-Tec City.

Along with Hi-Tec City passenger terminal, the SCR has proposed taking up new passenger terminals at Moula Ali (Secunderabad-Kazipet section), Medchal (Secunderabad-Manmad) and Shamshabad (Umdanagar station) for which the Railway Board has given provisional clearance.

The new terminals are being planned to tackle the rail needs in the fast developing metropolis towards west of the city and also considering the near saturation of current passenger terminals at Secunderabad, Nampally and Kacheguda. Catch is the SCR is seeking 300 acres each for the passenger terminals in the three locations.

Senior officials at a recent meeting with railway officials indicated that such a large extent of land could be difficult to find at Hi-Tec City and suggested scaling down of the area with better planning of facilities being planned there. About 30 acres vacant land was earlier identified near the Hi-Tec City station.

Land for the other two new passenger terminals at Medchal and Umdanagar should not be a big problem, explain senior officials. What will be required is a notification for a change in the land use from either agriculture or IT to transportation needs. Senior government officials have also agreed to incorporate the proposed terminals in the master plan being prepared for the extended city area after formation of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). These terminals are now under the jurisdiction and master plans of Cyberabad Development Authority (CDA) for Hi-Tec City, Hyderabad Airport Development Authority (HADA) for Umdanagar and erstwhile HUDA for Medchal.

The proposed five freight terminals are at Timmapur, 44 km from Secunderabad towards Bangalore, between Nagulapalli and Vikarabad stations towards Mumbai and between Bibinagar and Bhongir sections towards Kazipet for which the SCR is seeking 500 acres each are also be to incorporated in the master plan.