Budget worked out at Rs.18 crore; Centre urged to fund 80 per cent of the project

HYDERABAD: The proposal for a comprehensive study to understand the pattern and problems of traffic in the city and also forecast the future traffic demands in the metropolitan area has been gathering dust for want of fund release.

Given the spurt in the number of vehicles and consequent problems faced by motorists in the city, whose limits have increased manifold in last few years, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) had come up with the proposal. The Comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Study was supposed to take a fresh look at the issues on hand in the emergent situation faced by the city.

Sharing costs

The idea was also given a shape at the third Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority meeting held in June and it was then resolved to be taken up under the JNNURM with other agencies such as HMDA, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, traffic police and Roads and Building sharing rest of the cost.

Plea to Centre

The budget for the exercise was worked out at Rs.18 crore and a request was made to the Union Ministry for Urban Development seeking up to 80 per cent of the budget.

“We made the request through the State government to the Central government, but so far no budget has been sanctioned and we are waiting for the same,” a senior official said.

The need for such a study was underscored as it was seen as one helping formulate a long-term development strategy and investment plans for the metropolitan area by giving a forecast of future needs.

The fact that traffic congestions and frequent traffic jams have turned a common phenomenon in the core areas apart from traffic gridlocks on major corridors were highlighted.

The HMDA cites a study which put the city’s transportation requirements as largely met by bus transport (42 per cent), rail-based MMTS (1.5 per cent), three and seven-seated autos (8 per cent) while the major chunk of 48.5 per cent went for private vehicles in the form of two and four-wheelers.