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Modi likely to launch MMTS Phase-II routes & railway terminal in March, ET Infra

HYDERABAD: In a major relief for over two lakh people, MMTS phase II – Sanathnagar-Moula Ali and Secunderabad-Ghatkesar – is likely to be thrown open for passengers in March by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It has been learnt that Modi would be invited to inaugurate the Cherlapally railway terminal and, during his visit, the two sections might also be opened. The works pertaining to Sanathnagar-Moula Ali and Ghatkesar-Moula Ali were completed while the commissioning of the sections were pending.

For a long time, passengers were waiting for Sanathnagar-Moula Ali section as they have to suffer pollution and traffic snarls. Usually, it takes around an hour by personal vehicle if there is heavy traffic between these two places. Once MMTS service gets operational, the travel time would be down to 30 minutes.

Moreover, thousands of passengers travel by buses from Ghatkesar to reach the city centre. Now, with the new line getting ready, they can easily reach the city through MMTS services.

As per the agreement between the railways and the state govt, it is a cost-sharing project wherein one-third of the cost is to be borne by railways, while two-third has to be shared by state govt. The estimated cost was 816 crore, accordingly the railway share works out to 272 crore, while the state’s 544 crore. According to railway officials, so far, an expenditure of 835 crore has already been spent on the project.

However, till date, the state govt has only deposited 379 crore. The original sanctioned cost, which was 816.55 crore, has now escalated to 1,150 crore due to delay in project execution for want of funds.

“Taking this into account, currently, the state govt has to deposit 760 crore towards its share, out of which only 379 crore has been deposited till date. Railways has invested 580 crore,” an official said. The MMTS phase II project, which was sanctioned in 2012, extends for 96 km in seven different sections. Of this, 45.4 km of rail network was completed.

  • Published On Feb 13, 2024 at 03:44 PM IST

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