State Govt proposes elevated Bus Rapid Transit System in Hyderabad

Mannat Posted on: 2019-07-09 10:55:37 Viewer: 501 Comments: 0 Country: India City: Hyderabad

State Govt proposes elevated Bus Rapid Transit System in Hyderabad

Hyderabad (Urban Transport News): After elevated metro rail, the government is proposing to build an Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System i.e. BRTS corridor in Hyderabad. In this regard, the Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is looking for consultants for preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed elevated BRTS in the City. The corridor will stretch from KPHB to Financial District in Gachibowli. The 18-20 km elevated corridor will be passing through HiTec City MMTS station, HICC, Hitex, extend towards MindSpace junction, Gachibowli and terminate at Narsingi before the Outer Ring Road.

Electric fluent twin/three buses joined by a lobby are to be exclusively run on this corridor. “This will link all top IT/ITES firms in the Financial District through ramps,” quote sources. There will be a station at every half kilometre, unlike metro rail which has a station at every kilometre. The average speed of the articulated buses would be 28-30 kmph. Stations will be elevated although the viaduct for the elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) will be at quite a lesser height of around 5.5 metres with piers. They will be elevated to be thinner and will be 8 metre wide to accommodate two bus lanes.

Costing and funds

“This project will cost us about one-third cost of the metro rail project. Approximately ₹140 crore per km and the entire project is probably going to cost about ₹2,400 crore. It will be constructed under the Public-Private-Partnership mode (PPP) without needing the Centre’s Viability Gap Funding (VGF). We have informed the infrastructure investors about the project,” the authorities stated.

Special purpose vehicle

Hyderabad Airport Metro Ltd. is the facilitating agency to build this new public transport system to serve to the new growth regions in association with TS Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA). The special purpose vehicle was originally made to build metro up to the Shamshabad airport.

“It will take about six months to finalise the proposals and from then onwards, the project could get completed in three years since no land acquisition is required,” they said. EBRTS will also connect metro rail Corridor 1 (Miyapur-L.B. Nagar) at the KPHB, Corridor 3 (Nagole-HiTec City/Raidurg) at MindSpace junction.

In addition, it will also reach the Airport metro line being planned at Narsingi. “We have appealed for Request for Proposal (RFP) to pick a consultant to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the EBRTS corridor. Technical and financial proposals will be called once the report is completed,” said HAML managing director, N.V.S. Reddy.

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