V. Geetanath

Land is required in six routes for second phase

Priority will be given to electrification of the Malkajgiri-Bollarum line

Five new stations are being planned on the Sanatnagar-Moulali section

HYDERABAD: All that the South Central Railway wants is 74 acres for the second phase of the Multi-Modal Transport Service (MMTS) which has recently been cleared by the government with an assurance to bear two-third's cost of Rs. 456 crore of the total Rs. 641 crore.

Land is required in the six routes of Secunderabad-Bollarum-Medchal, Falaknuma-Umadanagar-Shamshabad, Sanatnagar-Moulali, Sitaphalmandi-Malkajgiri-Moulali, Moulali-Ghatkesar and Telapur-Patancheru or total of 106 km.

New stations

SCR officials have proposed nine new stations including one at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad. And 37 acres land is for the proposed single line from Umadanagar to the airport.

Though airport promoters, GMR Group, are not excited about the rail link, railway authorities are hopeful of the government prevailing upon as Chief Secretary S.V. Prasad himself had promised to look into the issue in all seriousness. Rest of the 27 acres sought is for midsections as well as stations.

Five new stations are being planned on the Sanatnagar-Moulali section where seven acres are required and three new stations are to come up on the Telapur-Patancheru section where four acres are needed. The other land is for laying new lines on the routes.

Senior railway officials insist that doubling and electrification of the Malkajgiri- Bolarum line will be of immediate priority and that all it requires was release of Rs. 10 crore to begin with for a new line to be opened.

Next step could be to take up the Secunderabad-Malkajgiri route and work on augmenting the line could be completed within two months if done in right earnest, said an official.

Total revamp

And in order to cut down expenditure on the project it has been decided not to go for total revamp of the existing railway stations or build swanky new stations on the proposed new routes as it was done when the phase one of MMTS was launched, explained an official.

“Both the government and Railways are keen to get the project going,” he said and suggests a committee of the district Collectors concerned, Railway Board official, SCR General Manager, Roads & Buildings Department representative, GHMC Additional Commissioner and Government's Finance Secretary be constituted to expedite land acquisition.