Hyderabad, Sept.14 (NSS): As the works pertaining to the Hyderabad Metro Rail project is making brisk progress keeping in view the November end deadline for inauguration of the first phase of Nagole-Miyapur stretch, the RTC authorities began steps for providing feeder bus services for the convenience of the passengers at the Metro Rail Stations.
RTC Executive Director of Greater Hyderabad Zone A. Purushotham along with Regional Managers, Divisional and Depot Managers today inspected the areas in the 26 Metro Rail Stations in the 28-km Nagole-Miyapur stretch for taking up required steps to provide the bus facilities for the metro rail passengers.
The RTC authorities are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that required number of mini feeder bus services are made available for the metro rail passengers at all the stations so that they could proceed to their destinations without any hazzles. As a matter of fact the Urban Mass Transport Corporation had also sent a proposal after identifying as many as 37 routes where the mini feeder bus services could be made available keeping in view the colonies which were having narrow lanes and roads.
Already six teams have been constituted by the RTC to take up survey of these routes in the colonies having narrow roads so that required number of bus services could be operated. For instance as many as 500 to 600 passengers are expected to alight at a time at the Metro Rail Station near the Gopalpuram Police Station where the roads are very narrow. Thus the number of mini buses that could be operated in such places are being worked out by the officials.
It is pertinent to note here that as many as 33 lakh passengers travel in city buses numbering over 3500 and making 42,000 total trips daily. The number of bus passengers are expected to come down with the operation of the Metro Rail services. Thus keeping this keeping this in view the RTC authorities are likely to withdraw about 10 to 20 percent of the Metro Express bus services plying in the Metro Rail routes. However, these services would be utilized in the other routes where the density of bus traffic is more. (NSS).