Aug 2, 2014

Phase II of Metro Rail: feasibility study in 2 months

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited tenders from consultancy services that can carry out the feasibility study and prepare a report for the second phase.

Phase II of Chennai Metro Rail is all set to get an impetus as a feasibility study for this project will soon begin.

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has invited tenders from consultancy services that can carry out the feasibility study and prepare a report for the second phase.

The study may begin in about two months and will be completed by early next year, the official said.

This study will be extensive, similar to the Second Master Plan of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), and will aid the CMRL in building further corridors, according to an official of CMRL. The study will cover the Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA) of 1189 sq. km.

According to the estimates of Second Master Plan, in 2026, the city’s and CMA’s population would be 58.55 lakh and 125.82 lakh respectively. Hence, to meet the traffic demand, in addition to the 45-km phase I network of Chennai Metro Rail, the second phase was planned. Phase II, estimated to cost Rs. 36,000 crore, is likely to have three corridors — Madhavaram to Light House (17 km), Koyambedu to Injambakkam (27 km) and Madhavaram to Perumbakkam (32 km).

“In this study, we will look at other potential corridors too. If there are areas which demand mass rapid transit, we may slightly change the plan. Essentially, this study will help us chalk out another eight-nine Metro Rail corridors,” he added.

The study includes forecasting and developing a traffic demand model based on the Chennai City CTTS Model 2010 and conducting traffic surveys, workplace, household and transport surveys, among other things. It will also assess the corridor-wise passenger demand estimate and identification of alternative mass transit networks.
Source..the hindu

Telangana plans expanding Hyderabad Metro to 250 km

HYDERABAD, AUG.1: The Telangana Government on Friday said it was committed to expedite the Hyderabad Metro Rail project.

KT Rama Rao, State Minister for IT, said the Government was keen to complete the project as per schedule and provide necessary support. However, he said, there were a few issues that need to be sorted out with regard to metro project and expressed confidence in implementing the project as per plans.

He said with Hyderabad projected to grow to a mega metropolis over the next 20 years, the State might have to draw up plans to increase the network from the current 72 km to 250 km to meet the needs of the growing population.

Speaking at the launch of the first batch of post-graduate course in metro and rail technology by the Institute of Metro and Rail Technology (IMRT), he said, “Hyderabad will be developed as an investment destination in various sectors including IT, science, pharma, films, sports etc.”

He said the State was exploring the option of a Light Rail Transport System for Hyderabad.

NVS Reddy, Managing Director of Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd, said the Telangana Government now owns the ₹14,132-crore project, which is supported by a viability gap funding of ₹1,458 crore from the Central Government, working out to about 10 per cent of the project cost.

A Central Project Monitoring Group is monitoring all projects with investments of over ₹1,000 crore and this project is part of that. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has suggested the metro project could consider the alignment change at two places where historical sites are located at Assembly and Sultan Bazaar.

“We are now in the process of conducting feasibility study to see if this could be done by realigning the project, with minimum expenditure. So far no decision has been taken on realignment,” Reddy explained. “Based on the technical feasibility, if there are changes, the concessionaire L&T will be compensated. The changes are likely to be minimal,” he said.

About 40 per cent of the project work has been completed and ₹4,300 crore spent. By March 2015, stage one will be operational, he said. IMRT commenced its first batch of one-year specialised post graduate programme.
Source..the hindu business line

‘Delay in Land Acquisition Has Hit Metro Rail Work’

KANNUR: Delay in land acquisition and the regulations imposed on quarrying were causing problems for the completion of the Kochi Metro Rail project, said E Sreedharan, Principal Advisor to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

Some hiccups in land acquisition were creating problems for Kochi Metro at present.

Besides, the new regulations imposed on quarrying were also posing a challenge for the project, Sreedharan said on the sidelines of the national seminar on ‘Energy, Environment and Systems’ organised at the Kannur Government Engineering College here on Friday.

“I wrote to the chief minister the other day asking to solve the crisis posed by the regulations on quarrying and hope to find a solution soon,” he said.

Despite the present challenges, E Sreedharan was optimistic about commissioning the 18-km stretch of the metro line from Aluva to Maharaja’s College, by December 2016.

Asked whether the delay would escalate the cost, Sreedharan said that the project could be completed without much increase in cost.

In the beginning we had proposed to complete the project in four years.

But, later, as per the request of the chief minister, a new plan was chalked out to complete the project in three years. Given the problems in land acquisition, we may not be able to complete it in three years. But it won’t affect the estimated cost, he added.

Responding to questions on the possibility of a monorail in Kannur, Sreedharan said that the project might not be feasible.

“Monorail also demands huge resources and may not be feasible for Kannur,” he observed. The roads in Kannur should be widened scientifically with bypasses and flyovers to contain the increased flow of traffic in future,” he suggested.

“It is high time the state seriously thought about attaining self-sufficiency in the energy sector, depending more on non-conventional energy sources, especially solar power.

“A piece of legislation should be brought in to make solar power plants compulsory for all new houses,” Sreedharan said. indian express

Metro rail projects for Vizag, Vijayawada approved

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet on Friday approved Metro rail projects for Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri regions.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, IT Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that a Special Purpose Vehicle would be established to mobilise funds and implement the projects.

He also announced that a Backward Classes Commission would be established to study the feasibility of including Kapus in BCs list without affecting the present quantum of reservations. The committee would study the socio-economic conditions and make its recommendation. A committee was also being set up to examine the possibility of giving special economic package to economically backward persons among the forward castes.

Temple trust boards to be reconstituted

The Cabinet also decided that all officials from the rank of MRO to secretaries, including police officials, would be transferred from their existing posts within a month. An ordinance would be promulgated to reconstitute trust boards of temples and endowments committees, including Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).

Mr. Reddy said that in a revolutionary decision the Cabinet approved a proposal to award contracts for sand quarrying to women self-help groups as a means of empowering them. He said it was also decided to have reasonable sand rate for the poor and a different one for industrialists. Modern equipment, including CCTV cameras, would be used to monitor mining activities.

As part of the measures to make agriculture profitable, officials and agricultural experts would visit farms every Tuesday and Wednesday for three months to educate farmers under the ‘Polam Pilustondi’ scheme.

Following the launch of the ‘Badi Pilustondi’ scheme by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on July 25 to ensure that all children between six and 14 years were enrolled in schools, he said 24,956 of the 31,286 out-of-school children were enrolled. He said that biometric system would be introduced to ensure attendance of students, teachers and lecturers in schools and colleges. The mission of the government was to achieve 100 per cent literacy in the State.

The Cabinet decided to allow persons who were maimed or permanently disabled in extremist attack, police firing or in communal riots, to exercise their option in recommending jobs to those nominated by them or avail a monthly pension of Rs. 10,000 by each of them.
Source..the hindu

Chennai Metro rail likely to take over MRTS

CHENNAI: Almost two years after the idea was proposed, the state government has approached the urban development ministry and railways with a proposal to allow Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) to take over the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS). The idea is to integrate the city's rail-based transport systems for a smoother ride for commuters. 

The railway board is looking into the proposal, which CMRL made when it did up a comprehensive urban transportation study a few years ago. The study found that MRTS was poorly linked to bus routes and the services were infrequent. 

If the CMRL takeover of MRTS materialises, the old system will get a new shot of blood with modernised stations, integrated ticketing systems and better facilities for passengers. Officials said having a single parent agency for both metro rail and MRTS will improve frequency of services taking into consideration passenger demands, and also lead to better maintenance. 

A senior metro rail official said the initial response from railways is positive. "We are hoping for the best. Besides the formal proposals sent by the state government to the ministries (urban development and railways), chief minister J Jayalalithaa's memorandum the Prime Minister also mentioned it," he said. 

A senior CMRL official said the physical integration of MRTS and CMRL is likely to take place soon as the Madras high court recently dismissed petitions against land acquisition for Phase II of MRTS, a Rs 495 crore project linking Velachery and St Thomas Mount. "After Kathipara where the two metro rail networks meet, St Thomas Mount will be a point with maximum passenger traffic. We have completed 3.7km of the 5km stretch of MRTS phase II," said a railway official. 

Senior officials said the state holds a major stake in MRTS, which is operated by railways. The first phase was completed in 1997 with funds from the Centre and land provided by the state. Phase II and its extension is partially funded by the state. 
Source..times of india

Light rail to chug in soon?

After metro rail, the Telangana government is now mulling a Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) for the Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR), to mainly connect the metro rail stations in Miyapur and Shilparamam to the IT hubs. 

The Telangana government has decided to develop the ITIR regions of Shamshabad and Uppal area on par with Cyberabad. The development plans, which include enhancing infrastructure facility, providing better transportation and making the area safe and secure, are expected to be ready by end of November this year. 

A committee that was constituted comprising principal secretary of Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD), metropolitan commissioner of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and secretary of Information Technology and Communications (IT&C) department, has reportedly given its nod to this rail system in the ITIR region. The LRTS is a medium capacity mode of mass rapid transport that straddles between the heavy capacity metro rail and the low capacity bus services. Light rails usually comprise two to three cars and have a carrying capacity of 25,000 to 30,000 passengers per hour per direction, whereas metro rail caters to 65,000 to 70,000 passengers per hour per direction. 

The committee, it is learnt, submitted to the government that the LRT system is the only option for the region as metro rail connectivity cannot be extended to other IT areas like Gachibowli, Financial District, Rayadurg, Miyapur and ISB areas where several IT fi rms have set up their offi ces. This, as the expansion would involve huge costs. Also, the light rail project can be completed within a year without any hitches. 

While a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) was also considered for connecting the IT regions, the proposal hasn't been taken forward given the system's poor show both in Delhi and Pune. Also, the BRTS' carrying capacity is much lower than that of the Light Rail. "The government us actively considering LRTS for ITIR areas connecting Miyapur and Shilparamam," I T&C department secretary, Harpreet Singh, told TOI on Friday. 

Meanwhile, a Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS) for Hyderabad Metropolitan Area prepared by LEA International Ltd has suggested LRTS/BRTS for 393 km especially along the Outer Ring Road. The HMDA has sent the CTS report to various departments like the Hyderabad Metro Rail, BRTS to RTC and MMTS for railways and GHMC for further process. 

"Since the proposed ITIR is located in different corners of the city, it would be a combination of the metro rail, MMTS, BRTS and LRTS. The details of the project report have to be prepared for the ITIR," HMDA metropolitan commissioner, Neerabh Kumar Prasad, said.





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