HMDA Draft Plan Proposes for Expansion of Metro Rail

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has invited suggestions and objections on the Draft ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) Master Plan for HMA (Hyderabad Metropolitan Area).

If we go by the Comprehensive Long Term Transportation Plan draft prepared at the behest of the HMDA, Hyderabad will have 360 Kilometers of Metro Rail network, 428 Kilometers of MMTS (Multi Model Transportation System) network and 360 Kilometers of BRTS (Bus Rapid Transport System) by 2041.

Presently the metro rail corridor consists of 72 kilometers while the existing MMTS network is of 46 kilometers. The MMTS Phase II comprises 102 km, which is being executed now.

According to the draft report, the estimated employment and population of HMA by 2041 will be 9.3 million and 19 million as against 3.7 million and 9.6 million respectively in 2011.

The plan also suggests a 1,085 km long major highway network. This is likely to help meet the demands of the proposed transit oriented development inside the ORR (Outer Ring Road). Thirteen transit oriented growth centers along the ORR and also the notified thirteen urban nodes, 46 urban centers outside the ORR and 33 major industrial areas.

Source – Business Standard

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