B. Madhu Gopal
Pendurthy Transit Corridor to be taken up at a cost of Rs. 100 crores
State government to form a committee
Simhachalam Transit Corridor to be taken up in second phase
VISAKHAPATNAM: Tenders are likely to be called for the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project in a couple of weeks from now.
The Pendurthy Transit Corridor (PTC), to be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.100 crores, will start at Pendurthy and pass through Vepagunta, Gopalapatnam, NAD Kotha Road, Kancharapalem, Convent Junction and Railway Station before culminating at the RTC Complex.
The tenders would be called in the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) mode. The State government would form a committee with the Engineer-in-Chief, Hyderabad, Director Technical of Hyderabad Metro Water Supply Board, and the Chief Engineer/Superintending Engineer of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). “The committee will study the EPC document before giving its nod to the tender process,” Superintending Engineer (Projects), GVMC, T. Moses Kumar told The Hindu on Monday. The Simhachalam Transit Corridor (STC), planned to be taken up in the second phase, would originate at Vepagunta and pass through Gosala, Simhachalam, Adavivaram junction, Pineapple Colony, Hanumanthawaka, National Highway (NH-5), Maddilapalem and Rama Talkies before culminating at the RTC Complex. A tunnel would also be laid across the hill from Narasimha Nagar to the Mudasorlova Reservoir side. A total amount of Rs.453 crores had already been sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) for these three projects.
The road should be at least 100 feet wide along the route (Pendurthy – RTC Complex) and 120 feet at the bus stops. Around 1,000 properties would be affected as part of the road widening work for the PTC. Though a final decision was yet to be taken regarding rehabilitation of the affected, it was planned to allow for vertical expansion of the building irrespective of the size or allow the affected owner to sell his right of deviation to another person at any other area in the city. The deviation to be allowed would be calculated on the extent of land lost in road-widening for the project and on the value of land in the area where the displaced person seeks rehabilitation.
“BRTS is seen as a viable alternative to the growing transportation needs of the city. In the absence of reliable public transport, more and more commuters are going for personal vehicles like cars and two-wheelers that are literally choking the roads and causing traffic jams,” Mr. Moses Kumar said. The BRTS buses would ply at greater speed, as they would have a dedicated corridor. The air-conditioned buses would have built-in facilities like stop displays and have been designed to take the fatigue out of commuting on the congested city roads.