Rail Vikas sets the ball rolling for Hyderabad transport system

Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd has invited tenders for the implementation of the much-delayed phase II of the multi-modal transport system in Hyderabad.

The project seeks to not only strengthen the existing rail network in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad but also create new network by helping it link city suburbs to the international airport at Shamshabad.

The Rs 650-crore project will be developed by the State Department of Municipal Administration and Urban Development and South Central Railways sharing the project cost in the ratio of two-thirds and one-third, respectively.

The project entails quadrupling of track for certain sections, doubling in others, restoration of track in some sections and laying new lines.

The tender was notified on April 11 and the pre-bid meeting will be held on April 23 and the deadline for submission of bids has been set for May 22.

According to the tender listed on the RVNL Web site, the project has to be completed within 30 months with 180 days for defect liability phase.

The State Government and the Railways will implement the project through a special purpose vehicle.

This is expected to hasten the project and help connect the city suburbs and the international airport.

It is proposed to bring the already operational phase one of MMTS into the special purpose vehicle-fold.

According to the plans, the phase two works of the network, which had got delayed by several years, will be taken up in two phases.

After the initial subdued phase, the phase one has become popular among passengers coming from city suburbs to busy central parts of the city with more than 1.3 lakh commuters a day across three routes.

The State Government is seeking to integrate various transport systems, the multi-modal system, the city bus network and the elevated L&T metro rail project to make the passenger movement seamless.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in
(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 15, 2013)

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-others/tp-states/rail-vikas-sets-the-ball-rolling-for-hyderabad-transport-system/article4617816.ece

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