HYDERABAD: All is not well with Phase-II of Multi Modal Transport System (MMTS). The expansion of the project is moving at a snail’s pace and is unlikely to be completed as per its deadline before 2017.
The physical progress of the MMTS-II project has not even crossed 35-40 per cent due to various hurdles. The MMTS-II in Hyderabad and Secunderabad has been pending for the last 12 years.
As works are moving on a slow pace, the Central Government will review the status of progress of MMTS-II during the video conference on Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) to be held on October 26. PRAGATI is a unique interactive platform launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi aimed at addressing citizen grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important projects of the Central and State Governments.
The second phase of MMTS was proposed following the good response to Phase-I. Everyday, nearly 1.40 lakh to 1.50 lakh passengers utilise MMTS services on three sectors in the twin cities providing much needed relief to commuters during peak hours. The phase-II project will decongest the city and strengthen the urban development plan for the twin cities.
MMTS-II was proposed to be taken up at an estimated cost of about `641 crore covering a distance of 100-105 km. The project was sanctioned in Janaury 2012 and is being implemented on cost sharing basis in which the state government is contributing two-thirds of the project.
Package-2 covers five stretches. Of this, the Sanathnagar-Moulali C Cabin section and restoration of single line between Tellapur and Ramchandrapuram stations is being held up as Ministry of Railways and Telangana Government have to handover 947 acres of land to Defence authorities in terms of compensation to the land acquired for railway. However, it could not be acquired, resulting in stoppage of work.