To request Centre to fund the pilot phase

Each KM may cost between Rs. 8 and Rs. 9 cr.

Funding sought from the JNURM

HYDERABAD: The GHMC is preparing a detailed project plan to be submitted to the Centre to fund the pilot phase of the proposed Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the city. Of the 16 km road from Mehdipatnam to Uppal, 10 km is to be developed for implementing the system.

Commissioner and Special Officer S.P. Singh has already approved the project report and had given consent to seek funding from the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for the work expected to cost up to Rs. 150 crore.

Each kilometre stretch is estimated to cost between Rs. 8 crore and Rs. 9 crore.

A couple of months ago, officials of the municipal corporation and APSRTC had deliberated on synchronising BRTS proposals approved under JNNURM from both organisations.

It was decided to take up the above mentioned road as the first project since the right of way was immediately available to a large extent of about 10 km.

Officials said detailed engineering survey and estimates was being prepared by a private agency, Consulting Engineering Services Ltd., New Delhi.

Report submitted

The agency had submitted a survey and investigation report.

A State level steering committee presided over by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had earlier approved the project.

The municipal corporation’s standing committee too gave its consent last year itself after which Administrative Staff College of India and IIT Delhi were entrusted with the task of preparing the detailed project report.

Routes identified

They had altogether identified six routes for taking up the system: Mehdipatnam to Uppal, Musi’s north and south corridors, Uppal to Aramghar, Aramghar to Mehdipatnam and Aramghar to Rajiv Gandhi international airport totalling little more than 73 km with estimated cost of 573.20 crore.