The South Central Railway attached great importance to the improvement of MMTS services and the completion of phase two of its expansion, a spokesperson said.

SCR spokesperson K. Sambasiva Rao claimed punctuality had “improved considerably”, that “most trains were being operated as per schedule” in recent times.

“All measures are being taken up to ensure a comfortable journey. We are running the Matrubhoomi ladies special too,” Mr. Rao said.

He said complaints of trains falling behind schedule were mostly about trains on the Lingampally-Nampally route.

“This is mainly because there are only five platforms at the Hyderabad station and not all 24 coach trains can be accommodated.

Hence, at times, MMTS are stopped for a while to make way for long-distance trains, over safety concerns and because of operational constraints.”

On phase two of the MMTS, Mr. Rao said work was set to commence shortly as the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) had finalised the bid for the project. RVNL had invited bids for MMTS phase-II on April 11 this year, in three separate packages for work worth Rs. 389 crore, while the total project cost is estimated to be about Rs. 819 crore.

The work would include quadrupling of track for the sections between Ghatkesar-Moula Ali and patch doubling between Moula Ali-Sitaphalmandi.

All measures are being taken up to ensure a comfortable journey. We are running the Matrubhoomi ladies special too.

K. Sambasiva Rao,

SCR spokesperson