Friday, November 25, 2011

Good News - GHMC refuses to take up Metro rail works

Some good news by default. I wish the GHMC sticks to this stand. Any small move is hugely welcome to stop this scandalous project. With the MIM party likely to take up the Mayor's post from December onwards, I hope the issue of the Metro corridor-2 thru the old city will become an issue. - C.R
GHMC won’t take up metro rail civic works: Panel
Times of India, Hyderabad| Nov 25, 2011.
HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) standing committee has rejected to take up civic works on the Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) corridors. A resolution to this effect was passed by the standing committee meeting on Thursday. 

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) members raised objections over the issue of civic works like formation of footpath, construction of storm water drains on the Musheerabad-RTC Crossroads- Narayanguda stretch to be taken up at a cost of Rs 11 crore after widening the roads for Hyderabad Metro Rail. Metro corridor-2 from JBS to Falaknuma passes through Musheerabad and Narayanaguda. The road is being widened to 100 feet by the GHMC, but funds for land acquisition are being released by the HMR. "Why should the GHMC spend Rs 11 crore for HMR's works? HMR should release funds for these works," the MIM members pointed out. 

The MIM members also said the rail developer, L&T, would get good ad revenue once the road would be widened and metro rail becomes operational. The members demanded a resolution should be passed demanding 50% advertisement revenue from the developer after metro trains become operational. Agreeing on the concern, the standing committee adopted a unanimous resolution on the issue.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bangalore metro - Truth comes out after the hype subsides

Bangalore's Namma Metro was launched in stretch of 7km or so with a lot of hype on 20th October, 2011. Now the metro seems to be running with empty coaches and the feeder buses are also going to be withdrawn. The MD of BMTC talks of reintroducing them once Phase 1 works are over. As per the present schedule of the Namma Metro, the phase 1 is likely to be completed only in 2014. So, till then, keep running the metros as toy trains? - CR

BMTC to phase out Metro feeder services?
Shyam Sundar Vattam, Express News Service, 03 Nov 2011
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) plans to gradually phase out feeder services to the ‘Namma Metro’ temporarily due to lack of patronage. The corporation may re-introduce the feeder services once Phase 1 works are completed. The BMTC, before the inauguration of Metro train services, had deployed a fleet of buses to cater to the demands of commuters. But now it is finding difficult to run the service as not more than 2 or 3 commuters travel in each bus even during peak hours. More than the cost, the BMTC feels, it is not viable to run the buses empty even in busy hours.

“The corporation does not mind running feeder buses even if there are 15-16 passengers in each bus but certainly not for 2-3 persons,” said Srinivasan, Managing Director of BMTC.
He told Express that the idea of having feeder services is to facilitate the commuters of Metro train. Now it is found that there are not many passengers for feeder buses. Besides, Byappanahalli Metro Station is not a work centre because of which there are no regular commuters in these buses.

People may start using feeder services if the Metro train service is extended up to Peenya or other places where there are big chunks of workers. In view of this, the BMTC has started phasing out the feeder services at many places. It is also running feeder services from far off places like Majestic and Banashankari since many people are flocking M G Road and Byappanahalli stations for a ‘jolly ride’ in Metro trains.