Hyderabad, India (Urban Transport News): The Telangana government is now planning to introduce two RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System) corridors to connect Hyderabad to Warangal and Vijayawada. The first one will connect Hyderabad to Warangal and another will connect Hyderabad to Vijayawada on priority in similar lines of the under-construction RRTS corridors in the National Capital Region (NCR). The RRTS network would provide fast, safe, and comfortable commuter systems at a reasonable fare for the intra-regional movement of passengers.
To push the project, senior officials from various departments are planning to visit Delhi soon. They will study the features of the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS corridor and hold discussions with concerned officials to move the project further in the State. They will also study the transit-oriented development made by Kerala, Odisha, and other States.
The government has planned for two RRTS corridors between Hyderabad-Warangal and Hyderabad-Vijayawada as the movement of passengers is high on these two corridors. The RRTS will be different from the conventional railway as it will provide reliable, high-frequency, point-to-point regional travel at a high speed of 180kmph along a dedicated pathway. The RRTS is also different from Metro and conventional suburban railway as it caters to passengers looking to travel longer distances.
According to sources, the proposed RRTS project will be a cost-intensive one as it will require extensive inter-ministerial consultations and their approval depends on the feasibility of projects and availability of resources. The allocation of funds and construction activity of the project will be undertaken once the project is approved by the respective authorities and governments.
At present three RRTS corridors are being implemented by the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), a joint venture company of the Central government and the States of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, in NCR. Telangana would also form a similar special purpose vehicle on the lines of the NCRTC to take up the RRTS corridors and tap funds from the Central government.