CMRL awaits sanction from ministry for MRTS takeover

Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has taken a step towards initiating the process of Metro taking over the MRTS in the city.

Sources in CMRL on Saturday said they had written to the ministry of urban development a few months ago, seeking sanction for the proposal.

“The government already suggested this integration. Now, the ministry of urban development in consultation with Railways will have to grant permission for this proposal. We wrote to the ministry, requesting them to nominate a committee to work out the modalities for this proposal,” said a CMRL official.

If the proposal receives approval, the groundwork for this project might begin in another two years once the Metro Rail is up and running by 2015, the official said.

“When the Metro project was given sanction, we received suggestions from the government that Metro could take over the MRTS system after working out terms and conditions. If the initial work commences in two years, it may take a long time for the project to take shape. We need cooperation from the Railways to carry out this process,” he added.

There were other issues, including that of manpower for the MRTS, to be considered, the official said.

Research institute for mass transit system

Mumbai The research and training institute for mass transit systems set up in association with Federal Transit Authority (US Department of Transport) and Government of Maharashtra will be conducting its first training course from September 23 to 25. A team of seven experts from FTA and various US universities are scheduled to conduct sessions on mass transport, safety and security, environment sustainability and fare integration.

The institute is the outcome of a cooperation pact signed between the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the United States and the state government early this year. It will focus on sharing the technical and financial aspects of Mass Rapid Transit Systems.

“The National Research and Training Institute (NRTI) is first-of-its-kind not only in India but the entire Asia and would serve transport related issues exclusively,” said Ratnakar Gaikwad, Metropolitan Commissioner.

According to R Ramana, Additional Chief, Transport and Communication division, officials of MMRDA, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking will be attending the three-day short-term course. He added that FTA which will share information on the research conducted by them will be given information on the public-private partnership (PPP) model, which is highly appreciated by the US.

The institute would carry out researches on mass transport, on which there is little stress by the implementing agencies. It will also train transport planners.

Gaikwad added, “With the increasing and improving transport facilities, the necessity of more transport planners is also growing. It is this need that will be addressed by the operational and safety related training programmes organised at the NRTI.” With mass transit systems coming up in Mumbai and neighbouring Navi Mumbai apart from Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore, there will be high demand for trained staff and transport planners