Aarvee Associates to prepare DPR for Hyderabad Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System

Elevated BRTS proposed from KPHB to Gachibowli. Consultancy agency gets contract based on combined technical and financial score.

HYDERABAD: After elevated Metro Rail, get ready for another elevated public transport experience with the Telangana government planning to build an Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (EBRTS) Corridor from KPHB to Financial District in Gachibowli, Hyderabad.

The Hyderabad Airport Metro Limited (HAML) — special purpose vehicle formed to build the Metro rail to the international airport and to oversee the proposed Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (EBRTS) — has announced that the city-based infrastructure and engineering consultancy agency, Aarvee Associates, bagged the contract to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR).

HAML Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy said on Wednesday that two firms had come forward to take up the DPR on a bid notification issued earlier this month — RITES, a PSU of Indian Railways, and Aarvee Associates. Both firms were found to be qualified and their financial bids were opened on Wednesday.

The 18-20 km elevated corridor is to pass through HiTec City MMTS station, HICC, Hitex, move towards MindSpace junction, Gachibowli and halt at Narsingi before the Outer Ring Road (ORR). Electric articulated twin/three buses joined by a vestibule are to be exclusively run on this corridor which will connect all top IT/ITES firms in the Financial District through ramps, according to official sources.

While Aarvee Associates quoted ₹106 lakh, RITES quoted ₹129 lakh for preparation of the DPR. Based on the combined technical and financial score, Aarvee Associates was awarded the work for preparation of DPR at its quoted rate, he said.

The DPR would be for the estimated ₹2,400-crore EBRTS corridor from Kukatpally Housing Board (KPHB) to Financial District in Gachibowli.

While HAML was the facilitating agency for building the project in the public-private partnership mode, TS Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) were also associated with the project.

EBRTS envisages running of electric articulated twin/three buses to be exclusively run on the viaduct to be built on piers akin to the metro rail project but at a much less height. The elevated bus corridor would be connecting HiTex, HICC, Hi-Tec City, MindSpace junction, Gachibowli and Narsingi with elevated stations at half a kilometre each.

Aarvee Associates would now have to submit the DPR for the project within three months, which includes alignment fixation, location of overhead stations, traffic studies and rider estimation. The report would also include details like soil investigation, social and environmental impact assessment, and financial model, said Mr. Reddy.

There will be stations at half-kilometre gap, unlike metro rail which has a station for every kilometre, and average speed of the articulated buses could be 28-30 kmph. Stations too will be elevated but the viaduct for the EBRTS will be at a much lesser height of little over 5.5 metres with piers and elevated to be thinner with eight-metre width to accommodate two bus lanes.

“It will cost us about one-third cost of the metro rail at about ₹140 crore per km and the entire project is likely to cost about ₹2,400 crore. It will be built under the Public, Private Partnership mode (PPP) without requiring the Centre’s Viability Gap Funding (VGF). Infrastructure investors have been sounded about the project,” they explained.

Special Purpose Vehicle

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

“It will take about six months to finalise the bids and from then on the project could get completed in three years as no land acquisition is required,” they said. EBRTS will also be connecting metro rail Corridor 1 (Miyapur-L.B. Nagar) at the KPHB, Corridor 3 (Nagole-HiTec City/Raidurg) at MindSpace junction and also the Airport metro line being planned at Narsingi.

“We have called for Request for Proposal (RFP) for selecting a consultant for preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the EBRTS corridor. Technical and financial bids will be called once the report is ready,” said HAML managing director N.V.S. Reddy.