ANDHRA PRADESH

Special purpose vehicle to monitor MMTS network

HYDERABAD, FEB. 26. Special Purpose Vehicle, a joint venture of the Railways and the State Government, is being floated next month to monitor the expanding network of MMTS and all other aspects connected to it. The SPV will also look into the rail-road combined ticket issue, said the Union Minister of State for Urban Development, Bandaru Dattatreya. He was speaking to newsmen on Thursday after inaugurating the Falaknuma railway station, which is remodelled at a cost of Rs. 1.50 crores. Later he also inaugurated the Malakpet railway station renovated at a cost of Rs. 1.90 crores. Expressing satisfaction at the opening of new railway stations in the Old City, Mr. Dattatreya said the Rs. 4200-crore Hyderabad Metro Project would be a reality by 2007. After the State Government submitted a detailed project report, it would be placed before the Planning Commission and then put forth before the Cabinet. The MMTS would be extended on the Secunderabad-Bibinagar, Secunderbad-Medchal and Falaknuma- Umdanagar sectors. Electrification and doubling of gauge line work would be taken up shortly. A sum of Rs. 186 crores would be earmarked for this in the next budget, Mr. Dattatreya said. He announced construction of two road over bridges costing Rs. 8 crores each at Uppuguda and Kandikal Gate to ease traffic congestion there. This would fulfil the long-pending demand of people in these areas. All passenger trains hereafter would halt at Uppuguda railway station, Mr. Dattatreya said.

Stating that MMTS services were picking up gradually, he said road connectivity would be provided to railway stations at Hitec City, Borabanda, Fatehnagar and Bharatnagar. The infrastructure would be developed at a cost of Rs. 2 crores. At present 74 MMTS services were being operated on different routes. It was proposed to provide one train every six to eight minutes, more during the peak hours. With growing road congestion and rising pollution levels, MMTS was the only answer for the city, he said.