Traffic experts pitch for pilot study on pollution

Technical Advisory Committee wants a policy to be finalised for taking up future projects in Hyderabad Metropolitan Region

By Author  |  Published: 6th May 2017  11:45 pm

Hyderabad: Traffic and transportation experts pitched for a comprehensive pilot study to be conducted on pollution in Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Maitrivanam, Kukatpally, Vanasthalipuram and Mindspace considering the available transportation infrastructure and the measures to be adopted for further infrastructure developments.

They wanted a policy or guidelines to be finalised, suggesting the measures for taking up future projects to cater to the requirements till 2041 in Hyderabad Metropolitan Region (HMR).

This was discussed during a meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprising representatives from Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), GHMC, TSRTC, Hyderabad Metro Rail, traffic and transportation experts held here on Saturday.

The TAC reviewed the inception report of the Contextual Refinement and Revalidation of Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS) for Hyderabad Metropolitan Area prepared by consultants hired by HMDA.

Experts and officials wanted evaluation of carrying capacity of existing road network, impact of Strategic Road Development Programme and Metro Rail and future transportation related projects in the HMR.

They also suggested on the alignment for transportation of goods and passengers into the city from urban settlements located within the radius of 50 km, 100 km, 150 km, 200 km, especially in view of Outer Ring Road, proposed Regional Ring Road, Satellite Town Ships and any other new developments.

The HMDA was suggested to undertake a Contextual Refinement and Revalidation of Comprehensive Transportation Study conducted in the past in view of the changed circumstances, priorities of the State government and new projects. It was also directed to come up with proposals, besides resource mobilization to meet the current requirements and improvements in terms of transportation and traffic management.

The study is to mainly reassess the transportation strategies of the immediate, short, medium and long terms for Hyderabad Metropolitan Area (HMA) and to prepare Immediate (2017), Short (2021), Medium (2031) and Long term (2041) transport strategies for Hyderabad Metropolitan Region.

As part of the study, the consultants submitted three reports, including Interaction Pattern of Towns with Hyderabad, carrying capacity analysis of select areas and Population and Employment Forecasts for HMA.

During the meeting it was decided to conduct the TAC meetings regularly to bring out the study report effectively, incorporating the views of the all stakeholders.