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Old December 19th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #81
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Rail budget: AP to demand introduction of 35 new trains

Andhra Pradesh will press for introduction of 35 new trains, including 17 Mail/Express, eight passenger and 10 Multi-Modal Transit System (MMTS), in the 2011-12 Union Railway Budget. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will meet Union Railway minister Mamata Banerjee in New Delhi on January 21 and
submit the state's proposals for new trains, sources in the chief minister's office (CMO) here said.

Kiran Kumar held a high-level meeting with state Transport minister Botsa Satyanarayana, South Central Railway general manager M S Jayanth and other top officials here on Wednesday and discussed the pending railway projects related to Andhra Pradesh.

Though the Planning Commission cleared the second phase expansion of MMTS in Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin cities, the Railway Board has not yet given its nod to the project that has become highly popular and essential, the sources said.

"MMTS is a popular capacity-building project with a high rate of return (12%). The state government has agreed to bear two-third of the project cost," they said.

There was also demand for increasing the number of diesel and electrical multiple unit (DEMU\MEMU) trains in suburban and inter-city areas particularly in Rayalaseema and Telangana regions.

"The SCR is not getting adequate rakes (trains) because of which increasing the number of DEMU\MEMU services has not become possible. We need at least five DEMU\MEMUs in Rayalaseema and Telangana," the sources added.
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Suburban train travellers seek MMTS

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HYDERABAD: The Suburban Train & Bus Travellers Association on Wednesday urged the railway authorities to take up terminal development work at Malkajgiri, which was a long-pending plan. Sufficient land is available at Malkajgiri to terminate express and passenger trains. This apart, a new halt station near Moula Ali railway gate or Quarters should be provided to facilitate Moula Ali Housing Board Colony, Sardar Patel Nagar, Upparguda residents and staff of Flash Butt welding plant, RPF, ZTS and diesel shed, Suburban Train & Bus Travellers Association General Secretary Noor said on Wednesday. Mr. Noor urged railway authorities to divert trains going towards Nalgonda and Kazipet for avoiding traffic and train congestion at Secunderabad station since section between Ghatkesar - Malkajgiri is electrified and operating MMTS trains on this section was feasible. He further appealed SCR authorities to electrify common loop and goods loop and left over portion near RRI Secunderabad to Sitafalmandi B Cabin section to run electric trains (MMTS) from Lingampalli, Hyderabad, and Falaknuma to Malkajgiri or Ghatkesar to provide better public transport system in city limits.
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Old February 16th, 2011, 05:09 AM   #84
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Hopes brighten for MMTS phase-II

Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) phase-II works are likely to begin this year with indications of necessary funds being allocated for the project in the railway and state budgets.

Official sources said the railway ministry's planning wing has cleared the MMTS phase-II for incorporating in the forthcoming budget. The railway board has already given the green signal for the project last year and sent the proposal for the Planning Commission's clearance.

"The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has recently sent proposals for allocation of about Rs 200 crore in the state budget for MMTS phase-II project," a senior GHMC official told TOI.

The project would have started last year itself, but the municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department issued a GO approving the estimated cost of Rs 641 crore for the project in April 2010. By that time, budgetary proposals of the railway ministry and the state government were approved.

While the state government would bear two-thirds of the total cost, the rest would be borne by the railway ministry.

The sources said the 71-km MMTS phase II, which would be completed in three years once works begin, is likely to cater to the needs of three lakh passengers a day.

The MMTS project is divided into two stages. In stage 1, estimated cost pegged at Rs 317 crore, Falaknuma-international airport (costs about Rs 85 crore), Tellapur-Patancheru (Rs 32 crore), Secunderabad-Bolarum (Rs 30 crore) and Sanathnagar-Moula Ali (Rs 170 crore) sections would be taken up.

In stage 2, Moula Ali-Malkajgiri-Sitaphalmandi (Rs 25 crore), Bolarum-Medchal (Rs 74 crore) and Moula Ali-Ghatkesar (Rs 120 crore) would be taken up. Another Rs 20 crore have been estimated for passenger amenities and Rs 85 crore for rakes (MMTS coaches) were incorporated in the phase II.

On the Tellapur-Patancheru stretch, restoration of tracks and electrification has to be taken up, while on the Secunderabad-Bolarum stretch electrification and remodelling of stations would have to be taken up with the funds. On the Sanathnagar-Moula Ali, Moula Ali-Malkajgiri-Sitaphalmandi, Bolaram-Medchal stretches doubling and electrification would have to be taken up for MMTS connectivity.

"Since the state government is according top priority to connectivity to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport and the metro rail project corridors are not connected to the airport, Phase II works may begin on Falaknuma-Umdanagar-Shamshabad route, which is about 20 kms," a senior MA&UD official said.

The estimated cost of airport connectivity has been pegged at Rs 85 crore and the works include laying of a new line from Umdanagar to airport and doubling and electrification of tracks between Falaknuma and Umdanagar.
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Date:18/02/2011 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2011/02/18/s...1860270400.htm
Funds sought for MMTS Phase II

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Hyderabad: MMTS Travellers Group on Wednesday appealed the State government to release necessary funds for taking up MMTS Phase II and also to pressurise the Union Railway Ministry to sanction the required funds for the project in the forthcoming Railway Budget.

Though it was a genuine demand and the project was technically feasible and economically viable, it had not been considered for long time.

MMTS Phase II project includes Secunderbad-Malkajgiri-Bolarum, Falaknuma-Shamshabad, Lingampally-Shankarpalli / Patancheru, Secunderabad-Ghatkesar stretches.

Since its introduction in 2003, MMTS service evoked good response from a meagre 30,000 odd passengers to nearly 1.5 lakh passengers per day. Yet, there had been no considerable allocation of funds for improving MMTS in the past few budgets, said Vijaya Raghavan K, a member of MMTS Travellers Group, in a press release here.
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Allocate funds for MMTS phase-II
With the Railway budget just a few days away, the MMTS Travellers’ Group has urged Mamata Banerjee to allocate funds for the phsase-II of MMTS in the city.

The MMTS phase-II would include the four stretches: Secunderbad-Malkajgiri- Bolarum with doubling and electrification, Falaknuma-Shamshabad, Lingampally-Shankarpalli/Patancheru and Secunderabad-Ghatkesar.

The Travellers Group members K Vijayaraghavan, Chandrasekhar, Suresh Reddy and Bala Kishore stated that the Phase-I was implemented in 2003 and since then daily passenger traffic had increased from a meagre 30,000 to nearly 1.5 lakh passengers.

However, there had been no considerable allocation of funds for improving the MMTS service and infrastructure in the past few budgets.

With traffic problems increasing in the twin cities, the MMTS has become a preferred mode of transport.

The members said the service has not got due preference even though the SCR has been pushing for its improvement and extension to all suburbs of Hyderabad.

Some nagging issues include frequency of the trains which can only be increased by adding more rakes and having a dedicated track.

This could be possible only with appropriate funding from the Railways ministry, they added.
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ORR, MMTS, Metro Rail project to be expedited
There is something to cheer up for the harried traffic-weary citizens of Hyderabad as the government has in its annual budget 2011-12 presented to the Assembly on Wednesday made a special mention of three city-specific projects with allocations aimed at easing congestion.

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Finance Minister A. Ramanarayan Reddy informed the members the government's plan to expedite the Outer Ring Road project with an estimated cost of Rs.6,786 crore. In an effort to provide rapid transport facilities to the unconnected areas in the city, the phase II of the Multi Mode Transport System (MMTS) too would be speeded up at a cost of Rs. 640 crore along with the Railways.

Apart from these two projects, the government reiterated its commitment to the prestigious Hyderabad Metro Rail Project spanning 71 km on three high density traffic corridors at an estimated cost of Rs.12,132 crores. Mr. Reddy said these measures would ease traffic congestion in Hyderabad to a great extent.

He also conveyed the government's commitment in bringing the Godavari waters to meet the current and future requirements of the city. But surprisingly the Rs.1,400 crore Krishna Drinking Water Supply Phase III for augmenting the supply by 90 million gallons a day finds no mention. The Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board has come up with this short gestation project but was finding it difficult to execute owing to financial constraints.

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Another project that finds mention is the construction of a new Rs. 200 crore building in the Osmania General Hospital premises.

The Minister spoke of new initiatives to strengthen the Wakf institutions and AP State Wakf Board. A full centrally sponsored scheme has been launched for computerisation of the Wakf records. Its completion would enable people to access information through Internet and help in protection and development of Wakf properties.
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Date:25/02/2011 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2011/02/25/s...2562950300.htm
Green signal likely for MMTS phase II

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Officials confident of project being announced in forthcoming Railway Budget

HYDERABAD: The government may have to provide more than the Rs. 25 crore allocated in the budget for phase two of Multi-Model Suburban Transport System (MMTS) if the Ministry of Railways clears the project.

Senior railway officials are pretty confident that the Rs. 640 crore project will be announced during the forthcoming Railway Budget as the government has already committed to pick up two-thirds of the total cost of Rs. 460 crore.

Six routes — Secunderabad-Bollarum-Medchal, Falaknuma-Umadanagar -Shamshabad, Sanatnagar-Moulali, Sitaphalmandi-Malkajgiri-Moula Ali, Moula Ali-Ghatkesar and Telapur-Patancheru — or total of 106 km are proposed under the second phase.

“The railways too are facing a fund crunch hence it is more likely that it would evince interest in taking up projects where the costs are shared with the government,” aver senior officials. Even with the current allocation, works can be taken up and completed on the Secunderabad-Bollaram route within six months of it being grounded, since the line has been doubled.

“All it requires is electrification and developing a couple of stations. But, taking it towards Medchal will take some time as an additional line too has to be laid,” they say. Similarly, works can be taken up to develop the Falaknuma-Shamshabad or Umdanagar station by doubling the line and electrification since the land to be acquired is not much.

Official orders: “Tenders can be called for these two works and additional funds can be allocated if the resolve is there,” they point out. The government has issued official orders reiterating its support for the project and the Railway Board too has cleared the same last year.

The SCR indicated that it wants 74 acres for phase-II where nine new stations including a proposed one at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad is to come up. About 37 acres is required for the proposed single line from Umdanagar to the airport.

Five new stations are being planned on the Sanatnagar-Moula Ali section where seven acres is required and three new stations are to come up on the Telapur-Patancheru section where four acres are needed.

Other land is for laying new lines on the routes.
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In Secunderabad area, it is proposed to run 10 additional services on
Falaknuma – Lingampalli, Lingampalli – Hyderabad, and Hyderabad –
Falaknuma sections. 83 sub-urban services in Secunderabad area will be
augmented from the present 6-car to 9-car services.
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Windfall for AP with 16 new services
Feb 26 2011

Feb. 25: The tough as nails railway minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, was soft on Andhra Pradesh in her budget presented on Friday and gifted the state with 28 new train services apart from giving green signal to the MMTS phase-II project in Hyderabad.

New projects worth Rs 3,666 crore were sanctioned for state including a Duronto express from Secunderabad to Visakhapatnam, a Shatabdi express from Secunderabad to Pune, seven express trains, and seven diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) train services.
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MMTS Phase 2 gets green signal from Mamata

The long-pending phase II of the Multi-Modal Transport System in the city finally got a “green signal” in the Railway Budget tabled in Parliament on Friday.

The railway minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, ann-ounced that the MMTS phase-II will be executed to ease traffic congestion in the city. While the state government will bear two-thirds of the total cost of the Rs 641-crore project, the rest would be borne by the railway ministry.

Six routes - Secunderabad-Bollarum-Medchal, Falaknuma-Umadanagar-Shamshabad, Sanatnagar-Moula Ali, Sitaphalmandi-Malkajgiri-Moula Ali, Moula Ali-Ghatkesar and Telapur-Patancheru, covering a total of 106 km, are proposed under the second phase. It will also connect the Shamshabad airport to the city.

According to the officials, MMTS phase II is expected to be completed in three years and will cater to three lakh passengers every day. Though MMTS phase-II was technically feasible and economically viable, it had not been considered for long time due to various reasons. Since its introduction in 2003, MMTS has been popular among citizens with nearly 1.5 lakh commuters using the service every day
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Date:09/03/2011 URL: http://www.thehindu.com/2011/03/09/s...0962200300.htm
Mamata has no ‘mamata' for State

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Railway Minister gives nod to only three works
HYDERABAD: Dreams of phase two of Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) being realised this year can be dashed.

Or, for that matter most new railway projects announced by Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in her budget because all she gave is a wooden spoon to Andhra Pradesh. Ms. Banerjee promised a lot but in reality only three works got cleared! No other project finds a mention in the ‘pink book' or a compilation of ‘Works machinery and rolling stock programme of railways – 2011-2012' which portrays the correct picture of the cost of a project and allocations made (can be accessed in the Indian Railways website).

‘Gudur-Durgarajapalem' line and Guntur-Tenali, Krishnapatnam-Venkatachalam doubling with electrification are the only new projects lucky to get funds.

Rest of the other 38-odd projects listed under the chapter ‘Assets-acquisition, construction and replacement' are “works in progress” like construction of various lines, gauge conversion, doubling, electrification, yard modelling and others. “The budget speech indicates the intent of the Railway Minister whereas it is the pink book which shows whether the project is sanctioned and precise allocations made,” accept senior officials, requesting anonymity.

Even the prestigious wagon factory at Kazipet does not get any allocations. Doubling and electrification of Vijayawada-Bhimavaram-Nidadavole and Nadikude-Srikalahasti lines were only mentioned in the speech but not in the pink book. Along with MMTS phase two, these three works were cleared by the Planning Commission and also the Railway Board later but with did not get funds, they admit.

The case of MMTS phase two pending for last six years is quite galling. On railways insistence, the State government had issued official orders committing itself to fund two-thirds the cost or Rs. 460 crore of the Rs. 640 crore project for the proposed six routes connecting the capital to Medchal, Shamshabad, Moulali, Ghatkesar and Telapur.

Yet, not a single rupee was given despite a specific mention made in her speech. In fact, a misleading claim of providing six suburban trains for 10 additional services for phase one was also made when it was the railways which sat on the work for years despite advance payment of Rs. 90 crore as part of the 50 per cent cost borne by the Government. Railways had supplied 10 only trains in 2003.

Last year on persistent demands, another amount of Rs. 22 crore was released to the Integral Coach Factory for “cost escalation”.
Ironically, MMTS was sanctioned during Ms. Banerjee's earlier stint as Railway Minister in NDA government.

Surveys announced for nine new lines and assured to be taken up in the 12 {+t} {+h} plan is hogwash as only few lakhs of rupees are allotted for the same and there is no guarantee of the works being grounded. “Clearance of railway projects depends a lot on lobbying by our MPs,” is the pithy remark of officials.
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SCR to commission ATVMs at MMTS stations from today

The South Central Railway (SCR) will commission automatic ticket vending machines (ATVMs) at Chandanagar, Bharatnagar, Nature Cure Hospital and Sitaphalmandi MMTS railway stations from Saturday, March 19, a press release said.

The ATVMs will function round-the-clock and passengers can utilise the facility for purchase of platform tickets, MMTS journey tickets and unreserved tickets between various destinations in SCR.

The smart cards required to use the ATVM facilities can be purchased at the booking counters of the above mentioned stations, the release added.

ATVMs are also installed and planned for commissioning in the nest week at Necklace Road, Lakdikapul, Arts College, Vidyanagar, Malakpet and Falaknuma MMTS stations, the release said.
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Source: The Hindu
About 25 to 30 new services can be introduced to the existing 104-odd services each day once the new trains are made functional

Four of the pending trains or rakes of nine coaches each have arrived in the city from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF)

Some of the coaches will also be utilised to increase the carrying capacity of the existing trains since quite a few are using only six coaches as against the mandate of nine coaches.

HYDERABAD: There is some good news on the Multi Modal Transportation System (MMTS), at last! Four of the pending trains or rakes of nine coaches each have arrived in the city from the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, a few days ago. Remaining two trains or 18 coaches are expected to arrive soon.

Senior railway officials disclosed that the new trains will be used to augment the current first phase of MMTS project in the days to come. There is a likelihood of 10 new services to be started on the Lingampally-Falaknuma route with the arrival of these new coaches.

Some of the coaches will also be utilised to increase the carrying capacity of the existing trains since quite a few are using only six coaches as against the mandate of nine coaches. Of the next tranche of remaining two trains of nine coaches each, one of them will be used as spare.

About 25 to 30 new services can be introduced to the existing 104-odd services each day once the new trains are made functional. It will also help in carrying more number of passengers from the existing 1.3 lakh a day across the routes of Secunderabad-Hyderabad-Lingampalli (28 km) and Secunderabad-Falaknuma (15 km).

However, things will become clear only next month because the existing lines are being used for running more number of freight trains. “More freight is being moved because of the financial year ending on March 30,” explained senior officials, requesting anonymity.

These new trains are part of the original 16 proposed to be pressed into service when MMTS was launched in 2003. But, since then, only 10 trains were being run with most services transiting with truncated six coaches each.

A few months ago, the government had released Rs. 22 crore to ICF as the latter sought more money citing cost escalation. This was after the government had paid up its 50 per cent share, before the launch itself, of the total cost Rs. 178 crore. The rest was borne by Railways for the first phase developed by strengthening the existing rail infrastructure.
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HYDERABAD: Pouring cold water on the hopes of citizens expecting early connectivity to the Shamshabad airport, the South Central Railways (SCR) on Monday announced that it will take three to four years to complete MMTS Phase-II, which includes connectivity to the international airport. Ironically, the state government had agreed to pay 66 per cent of the over Rs 400 crore project.

Civil works are likely to begin only after the project is sanctioned in the supplementary budget of the railways.

Briefing the media on the Railway Week Celebrations (April 10-16), SCR general manager M S Jayanth said though the Railway Board had approved MMTS Phase-II, it could not get sanctioned in the annual budget and it is most likely to be sanctioned in the supplementary budget. "Once it gets sanctioned, works will commence immediately," Jayanth added.

The MMTS phase-II works, include connectivity to airport (Rs 85 crore), restoration of Tellapur-Patancheru line (Rs 32 crore), electrification of the Secunderabad-Bolarum line (Rs 30 crore), doubling and electrification of the Sanatnagar-Maula Ali stretch (Rs 170 crore) and doubling and electrification of Bolarum-Medchal stretch (Rs 74 crore). The state government has also given consent for allotting 37 acre land free of cost to the SCR for airport connectivity.

Meanwhile, the SCR suffered a loss of Rs 700 crore due to ban on iron ore export and an additional loss of Rs 100 crore due to the Telangana agitation and cyclones. However, the SCR could achieve Rs 2,700 crore operating surplus during the previous fiscal, a record for the zone.

"There was 10 per cent growth in passenger traffic as this year eight lakh more passengers were carried in 5,000 special trains. Also, 96.08 million tonnes of goods were carried this year, which is 10.18 million tonnes more than last year," the SCR chief said.

This summer, 230 special trains would be run by the SCR.

Replying to a question, the GM said Metro Rail would cross railway lines at eight place and the SCR had cleared seven of them. The remaining one would be cleared by April end. The SCR has appointed a two-member special committee, comprising divisional railway manager and chief bridge engineer, to negotiate with the Metro Rail officials.

"The SCR is willing to complete expansion of the congested Lakdi-ka-Pul bridge within 90 days once GHMC clears structures at the site," he said.

The state government had earlier released the first instalment of Rs 2.5 crore of the Rs 10 crore amount to SCR for construction of the bridge.

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SCR to introduce GPS in MMTS services

South Central Railway (SCR) has decided to introduce GPS in its MMTS services from Saturday that will enable passengers to know the location of the upcoming stations and the time it will take for the train to reach them. Display boards and audio systems will spread this information.

The new rakes installed with GPS were taken on a trial run from Secunderabad to Lingampally on Friday. The new system will be made operational in the Falaknuma-Lingampally MMTS train from Saturday and slowly extended to the other MMTS trains.

SCR chief electrical engineer S K Agarwal said each coach has been provided with two display units and six to eight speakers. The display boards will have scrolling messages like the name of the next approaching station along with the time and the name of the station that just arrived.
Station information on new MMTS trains
To provide accurate information about MMTS train arrivals, South Central Railway will start using a GPS-based passenger information system on the new MMTS rakes from April 30.

The new system will display to onboard passengers information regarding the next approaching station and arrival time at the station through LED display and through audio announcement.

Each coach has been provided with two display units and they show messages like name of the next approaching station, name of next station and general information.

Six to eight speakers have also been provided in each coach where announcements on approaching stations would be made in Telugu, Hindi and English for benefit of passengers.

SK Agarwal, chief electrical engineer, SCR said the facility will be run as a pilot service from Lingampally to Falaknuma on six new rakes.

Depending on passenger’ response, he said they would add the facility to existing MMTS trains. Agarwal added, “The system is fully automatic. Each rake has an antenna which receives signal from the satellite and a control room is fixed inside the driver chamber to control the service.”

He said another new service which will be provided in the new rakes are LED destination boards on both sides of the coach to display both the originating and destination stations for easy identification by passengers.

The new rakes also have other comforts like polycarbonate full length seats to give more comfort to passengers.
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I saw that they extended the platform length of Vidyanagar station by about 100 odd meters on both the sides. Guess, it means we'll get more coaches!

Btw, why don't they put up turnstiles at the stations? I bet I saw about fifty people not buying a ticket and boarding the train :\
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