Hyderabad (Urban Transport News): Hyderabad based consultancy firm Aarvee Associates was awarded the contract for preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (EBRTS) project in Hyderabad city. The Hyderabad elevated BRTS corridor is estimated to Rs.2,400 crore which will start from Kukatpally Housing Board (KPHB) to Financial District in Gachibowli. Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) managing director NVS Reddy said that Aarvee Associates was awarded the work for preparation of DPR (detailed project report) at its quoted rate of Rs 106 lakh while the Indian Railways consultancy firm RITES has quoted Rs.129 lakh.
He further said that the firm has to submit the DPR for the elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project within three months, which includes alignment fixation, location of stations, traffic studies and ridership estimation, soil investigation, social and environmental impact assessment and financial model. Only two firms namely RITES and Aarvee Associates were participated in the tenders called by Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited (HAML) for preparation of the detailed project report (DPR) for elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project.
After technical evaluation of the bid submitted by the firms, both were found qualified. Their financial bids were opened on Wednesday and Aarvee Associates found as lowest price bidder. Finally the work contract for the preparation of DPR has been awarded to Aarvee Associates. The elevated BRTS corridor mostly runs along the KPHB Metro Station – KPHB Hitec City Road – Malaysian Township junction – Hitec City MMTS Station – Hitex – Hitec City Phase-II – Mindspace – IIIT – Financial District Road – Financial District.
The preferred alignment is proposed to be well integrated with major public transport systems as follows:
1. KPHB Metro Station, HMRL Metro Line-1 (Existing).
2. Hitec City MMTS Railway Station (Existing).
3. Mindspace Metro Station, HMRL (Corridor-3 Upcoming)
4. Hyderabad Airport Metro Rail Link at Raidurg (Proposed).
5. Hyderabad Metro (Phase-2) at its junction with Gachibowli – Miyapur Road (Proposed)
The proposed corridor will be fully elevated of 17 kms long with stations located at a spacing of around 500 to 600 meters for easy accessibility. It shall have depots in at-grade position both at terminals and one in between for operational convenience and non-fare revenue generation.