Monorail project picks up steam in Hyderabad’s IT corridor
The government had proposed a monorail system in the IT corridor on the lines of the Gurgaon model.
By AuthorTelanganaToday | Published: 19th Feb 2018 7:05 pm Updated: 19th Feb 2018 7:09 pm
Hyderabad: The introduction of a monorail system in the IT corridor of Hyderabad took a crucial step forward on Monday with the State government constituting a 10-member committee to study feasibility of the project.
The committee will also suggest corridors for the second and third phases of the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR).
A section of the 72-km Phase I of HMR is already in operation while Phase-II is under consideration. In addition to this, there is a demand for comfortable, safe and eco-friendly transportation services in and around Hi-tech City, Financial District-Gachibowli and the Hyderabad International Airport in Shamshabad.
Laying emphasis on urban mobility, the government had proposed a monorail system in the IT corridor on the lines of the Gurgaon model. This apart, focus is being laid on integration of different transport modes like Hyderabad Metro Rail, highway and State highway connectivity etc.
In addition to the HMR Phase II and III projects, the committee will identify the best and economical ways of transport modes, including monorail, tram, e-vehicles and other rail or road connectivity projects on different routes to be operated in an integrated manner.
The committee comprises senior government officers and members from the corporate sector. It will study different technical aspects and suggest funding measures for executing projects.
Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao observed that there was a need to integrate different transport modes such as Metro Rail, buses, monorail, MMTS, tram and e-vehicles keeping in view the present traffic density and the expected vehicular growth over the next five decades.
According to Municipal Administration Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, the Minister also felt that the Outer Ring Road, national highways/state highways and satellite towns as well as urban local bodies in a 100 km radius of Hyderabad need to be considered while integrating various transport modes.
Since financing projects is crucial, the committee will also suggest various methods of funding and raising resources including Public Private Partnerships, joint ventures or annuity funding. After studying and identifying different aspects, it will submit a detailed report to the government.