Railways offers to bear one-third of MMTS cost

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Railways has offered to bear one-thirds of the cost of the second phase of Multi-Model Transport System (MMTS) proposed for Hyderabad, if the State Government meets the rest of the two-thirds expenditure.

The cost of this phase which has been proposed to connect Falaknuma with Shamshabad airport, Bollarum with Medchal, Moula Ali with Ghatkesar, Sitaphalmandi and Malkajgiri, and Telapur to Patancheru has been estimated at Rs. 641 crore. The total length of the track covering all these corridors has been adjusted to 106 km compared to 43 km of the first phase. The offer was made by M.S. Jayanth, General Manager, South Central Railway, and Arun Bhagra, Additional General Manager at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on pending railway projects of the State here on Monday.

T. Stanley Babu, Advisor, Infrastructure Projects, told this correspondent later that several pending railway projects of the State whose total cost was estimated at over Rs 4,500 crore, had been prioritised. These include the proposed tracks of Kotipalli-Narsapur (57 km), Kakinada-Pithapuram ( 21 km) , Munirabad-Mahabubnagar (246 km) and Manoharabad-Kothapalli (149 km).

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