About 35 to 40 suggestions and objections have been received by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) for the draft Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS)-2041 for the Hyderabad Metropolitan Area (HMA).
The CTS is aimed at evolving a long-term strategic transportation plan for the HMA by the HMDA which was mandated by the state government to plan and develop HMA in a balanced way in collaboration with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL), traffic police and the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APS -RTC).
The draft CTS-2041 was released by HMDA in November last. Before the state government finalised the CTS plan, HMDA gave two months’ time (January 31 deadline) to the citizens for submitting objections and suggestions.
Speaking to Express, HMDA officials said all the suggestions were being scrutinised minutely and the exercise would be completed by the end of this month.
All the valid objections and suggestions will be incorporated in the CTS draft plan and submitted to the government for ratification of CTS-2041. The plan is expected to get green signal from the state government either in March or April, making Hyderabad the first city in the country to have a comprehensive transportation plan-2041.
For preparing the CTS plan, HMDA appointed LEA Associates South Asia Pvt Ltd in joint venture with LEA International Ltd as the consultants in March 2011. The consultants conducted various traffic and transportation surveys, etc., and developed an Urban Transport Planning Model.
The draft final report covers comprehensive transportation plans, major highways network, transit-oriented developments (ToDs), transit-oriented growth centres, urban nodes and urban centres) and traffic management measures.
As per the CTS major findings, the estimated population and those employed in HMA by 2041 would be 190 lakh and 93 lakh respectively. Based on the travel demand forecast, the study recommended transit and highway networks for 2041.
The public transit network consists of 360 km of metro rail network (including ongoing 72 km of Metro phase-I), 428 km of MMTS network (including 46 km of MMTS existing Phase-I and 102 km of MMTS Phase-II), 360 km of Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) and proposed major highway network of 1,085 km.
Traffic management measures like intersection improvement plans, corridor improvement plans, area-level improvement plans, flyovers, RoBs, RuBs, bridges across Musi river, etc., have been proposed.