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‘Merry-go-round' buses for Metro Rail commuters

V. Geetanath

Hyderabad Metro Rail Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy moots the initiative



HYDERABAD: With or without RTC, Hyderabad Metro Rail is mulling to go for ‘merry-go-round' buses for colonies to pick and drop commuters around the 66 stations at 63 sites across the 71.16-km three corridors where the elevated mass transit system is to be built.

Awaiting approval

At the Annual IT summit on Wednesday, HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy said these could be regular or mini-buses and that the government has to take a call on getting APSRTC on board for such an initiative. Stating that the project was ready for take off once the government approval comes, Mr. Reddy said the financial closure by the concessionaire, L&T, was well on course, later this month.

The ‘commuter oriented system' will have specially designed elevated stations taking into consideration the needs and aspirations of the daily commuter.

Greenery and walkways will be built underneath the viaducts with stations being eco-friendly allowing sufficient light and air to avoid air-conditioning. Commuters themselves will be consulted before finalising the station plans. Some stations where two to three acres of government land is available will have ample parking space and could be turned into cultural or eating hangouts to attract families, he said.

In phases

All over the world, there were 120 metro rails operating and the best of systems were being incorporated for the one being built here. The system was being built to run 30 services an hour, but will initially have 60 services a day. It will be opened in phases as and when the construction gets completed in the five-year time frame.

Mr. Reddy once again reiterated that there was no possibility of changing the alignment at Sultan Bazar and said the environs there did not see any road widening whereas elsewhere roads were widened more than once. There was an issue with regard to 500 metres and we are holding consultations with varied groups of property owners, tenants and hawkers to work out acceptable compensation package like market rates for land and alternate accommodation nearby.

Urging citizens not to believe in carping critics of the project, he said it was normal for vested interests to resort to innuendos whenever projects of such scale are taken up.

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