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Hyderabad Airport Metro looking for consultant to prepare report on elevated bus rapid transit system

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on July 07, 2019 Published on July 07, 2019

Transport network will have stations at every half a km against metro’s 1 km

Hyderabad Airport Metro Ltd has invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for selection of a consultant to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for an Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System (EBRTS).

A special purpose vehicle, HAML, has been mandated to develop the mass rapid transit system for the city.

This proposed project will be in addition to the 72-km elevated metro rail project now under execution by the L&T and the proposed phase II of the Hyderabad metro project; details of the latter are at advanced stage of finalisation.

Of the 72-km elevated metro across three corridors, 66 km, minus the 6 km stretch in the Old City, will be fully operational by the second half of this year. Already, 56 km, covering two corridors, is operational.

The proposed EBRTS is expected to cover a stretch of about 20 km from the busy Kukatpally area of the metropolis and connect the IT Hub, the Financial District close to the Outer Ring Road hub about 25 km from the airport.

Under PPP model

The proposed bus transit system will be taken up under the public-private partnership (PPP) model like the metro rail project. Projects such as these would be taken up to develop a new transport connectivity network in the busy sections of the city.

The SPV will be supported by the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.

The EBRTS is now under consideration for this stretch as it works out much cheaper than the elevated metro rail project and has the potential for faster development.

The RFPs will be followed by Technical and Financial bids just like other projects of similar nature taken up under the PPP mode and through a competitive bidding process. The whole process may take about six months to finalise and 36 months to execute, including the period required for land acquisition.

These new networks of public transport, including the proposed phase II of metro line are aimed at addressing the growing demand for public transport and to de-congest some busy city hubs, including the IT corridors in the city.

While the stations of the ongoing elevated metro rail project are spaced at about 1 km from each other, the Elevated Bus Rapid Transit System will have stations at about half a km, making it accessible to people commuting in the busy sections.

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Published on July 07, 2019
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