Hyderabad: Finally, the MMTS trains will soon chug along the Tellapur-Patancheru and Secunderabad-Bolaram stretches with the South Central Railway (SCR) completing the much-awaited Phase II works with a cost of Rs 62 crore.
SCR officials said restoration of tracks and electrification on the 5.5 km stretch between Tellapur and Patancheru (up to Ramachandrapuram) and electrification and modeling of the station on the 14 km-Secunderabad-Bolaram stretch were completed.
Phase II of the MMTS will cover over 90 km, and the new stretches include Moulali-Ghatkesar, Falaknuma-Umdanagar-Shamshabad, Secunderabad-Bolaram, Bolaram-Medchal, Sanathnagar-Moulali, Moulali-Malkajgiri-Sitaphalmandi and Tellapur-Ramachandrapuram.
The initial estimated cost for Phase II of the MMTS service was Rs 641 crore but was later revised to Rs 817 crore. It was also decided to set up five stations at Ferozeguda, Suchitra Centre, Bhudevi Nagar, Neredmet and Moulali HB Colony on the Moulali-Sanathnagar route.
According to SCR officials, the Tellapur – Ramachandrapuram section near Lingampally and the Secunderabad-Bolaram section were already completed while Bolaram-Mechal was nearly completed and these stretches would shortly have MMTS services.
Among the seven stretches under Phase II, works are progressing at a brisk pace on the Sanathnagar-Moulali (22.4 km), Moulali-Ghatkesar (12.2 km) and Moulali-Malakjgiri-Sitafalmandi (10 km) routes.
The Secunderabad-Bolaram section will have 10 stations that are being constructed with a cost of Rs 12 crore. The works in this section includes raising of platform height, booking offices and toilets, while tenders were being floated for providing a new Foot Over Bridge connecting platforms two and three at Bolaram.
On the other hand, with more number of passengers opting for suburban rail, plans are afoot to augment Phase-I services between Hyderabad-Secunderabad-Falaknuma-Lingampally with 12 coaches instead of the existing nine coaches on all trains.
The Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) car shed at Moulali is also being expanded at a cost of Rs 6 crore.
If you have been in Hyderabad for more than a decade, you would know how difficult it was to travel in rickety buses and crammed share autos. That is, till the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) services were launched.
From August 9, 2003, the MMTS services operated by the South Central Railway have been highly successful in popularising public transport in Hyderabad, with the patronage still on the rise. The MMTS, officials point out, has transformed the travel of people in the city.
What started with a patronage of 13,234 passengers daily in 48 trains has now grown to 1.8 lakh passengers every day through 121 services.
During its 15-year-long journey, MMTS services witnessed a major jump in passenger occupancy in 2007-08 with a boom in IT employment in Hitec City.
The first section of MMTS came up on the Secunderabad-Lingampally stretch (23 km), Hyderabad-Lingampally (24 km) in 2003 while the Secunderabad-Faluknuma (14.54 km) stretch was opened in 2004. For the benefit of women passengers, SCR introduced the Mathrubhoomi Special Train in 2010.
SCR officials said the launch of Hyderabad Metro Rail has not had any impact on MMTS services.