Hyderabad MMTS Phase-II hits Fund speed-breaker

SECUNDERABAD: The new Metro corridor between Miyapur and Nagole may have brought cheer to thousands of commuters but it has done nothing to make life easier for denizens living on the outskirts of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad as MMTS project phase II is stuck due to paucity of funds.

If the proposed Secunderabad-Ghatkesar and Medchal MMTS train services are introduced, a large number of people living in the surrounding areas of Malkajgiri, Moulali, Bolarum and Ranga Reddy will be able to reap the benefits of the new transport system, claim members of the Suburban Train Travellers’ Association (STTA).

“The existing suburban railway system is unable to meet the needs of people. We have requested railway authorities to start frequent MMTS services between Bolarum-Secunderabad, Lingampally-Hyderabad and Lingampally-Faluknama as part of MMTS phase II. At present, the Metro Rail service is not catering to the needs of residents of these areas,” said Noor Ahmed Ali, general secretary, Suburban Train Travellers’ Association.

“We have made public representations to both the railways and state government to add momentum to the MMTS phase II project. Private firms and educational institutions are coming up on the outskirts of the twin cities so there is an increase in the number of daily commuters, who are finding it difficult to avail of metro rail services. The government must take a call on the implementation of the MMTS phase II project at the earliest,” Ali added.

Members of the association are now insisting that South Central Railway (SCR) and Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) start running MMTS trains on the completed portions of the Medchal/ Bolaram-Secunderabad section and Lingampally-Patancheru section for the benefit of north section commuters who have been left in the lurch due to the inadequate train services.

Work between Sanatnagar-Moulali- Ghatkesar, Moulali- Malkajgiri and Faluknama-Umdanagar may take some more time due to the ongoing bridge works, source says. SCR is now mulling introducing a few trains during the morning and evening peak hours for the convenience of commuters. Currently, the first train from Bolarum to Secunderabad runs at 10am.