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PostHeaderIcon All set for MMTS Phase-II work

MMTS phase-II work is going to start very soon with a budget of 816.55 crores.The first mmts phase-2 work will start between Falaknuma-Undanagar (14km) and Undanagar-Shamshabad Airport( 5km).

Along with this quadrupling of track for the sections between Moulali-Ghatkesar(12.20km) and patch doubling between Moulali-Sitaphalmandi, Secunderabad-Bolaram,Bolaram-Medchal,Moulali-Sanatnagar(22.10km),Moulali-Malkajgiri-Sitaphalmandi sections.

Restoration of track between Telapur-Ramachandrapuram.

4 stations additionally will be joined with present stations which includes Ferozguda,Suchitra Kudali,Bhudevinagar,Neredmet/Moulali housing board colony.

PostHeaderIcon Umdanagar station to Shamshabad Airport rail line missing in MMTS Phase-2 tenders

The rail line from Umdanagar station to Shamshabad Airport of MMTS Phase-2 is missing in the tenders called by RVNL (Rail Vikas Nigaml Limited).

Estimation for the project had already been laid out. In the total estimation of more than 600 crores, State government has taken a commitment of paying two-thirds of total cost.

This Phase-2 project includes doubling, electrifying, modern signaling system equipment, new bridges to be constructed, foot over bridges etc in the five routes.

Already estimation has been done two years ago for the six and half kilometre distance between the airport and the station at a cost of 30 crores but the GMR group, running the airport, is keen on metro rail link route rather than an on-ground traditional rail.

The complete tender work has been divided in to 3 different packages.

1. Quadrupling of track for the sections between Ghatkesar-Moula Ali and patch doubling between Moula Ali – Seethaphalmandi.

2. Doubling between Sanathnagar- Moula Ali, restoration of track between Telapur –Ramachandrapuram.

3. Doubling between Medchal- Bolarum & Falaknuma – Umdanagar.

But Umdanagar-Airport railway line is not included in any of the 3 packages.

Will it not be in MMTS Phase-2?

A pre-bid conference has been called at the RVNL’s head office in New Delhi on April 23 and the final bids are to be opened on May 22.

The winning bidder has to complete the project in 3 years as per the tender details.

PostHeaderIcon 7 extra MMTS trains on 20,Feb,2013

Seven additional MMTS services on 20th February, 2013 on Lingampalli-Hyderabad-Secunderabad section.

1)Tr. No. HS-1 Hyderabad-Secunderabad MMTS train will depart Hyderabad at 13:35 hrs and arrive Secunderabad at 14:00 hrs.

2)Tr. No. SH-2 Secunderabad – Hyderabad MMTS train will depart Secunderabad at 14:05 hrs and arrive Hyderabad at 14:25 hrs.

3)Tr. No. HS-4 Hyderabad-Secunderabad MMTS train will depart Hyderabad at 14:55 hrs and arrive Secunderabad at 15:25 hrs.

4)Tr. No. LH-3 Lingampalli-Hyderabad MMTS train will depart Lingampalli at 14:15 hrs and arrive Hyderabad at 14:45 hrs.

5)Tr.No. SL-5 Secunderabad-Lingampalli MMTS train will depart Secunderabad at 15:35 hrs and arrive Lingampalli at 16:20 hrs.

6)Tr. No. LS-6 Lingampalli-Secunderabad MMTS train will depart Lingampalli at 16:05 hrs and arrive Secunderabad at 16:40 hrs.

7)Tr. No. SL-7 Secunderabad-Lingampalli MMTS train will depart Secunderabad at 16:45 hrs and arrive Lingampalli at 17:25 hrs.

PostHeaderIcon MMTS Ladies Special Trains to Carry General Passengers

Matribhoomi MMTS Ladies Special service will carry General Passengers also from 01st March 2012.

Train Details: Train No. 47211 Falaknuma – Lingampalli Matribhoomi MMTS Ladies Special Service departing Falaknuma at 08:30 hrs and Train No. 47188 Lingampalli – Falaknuma Matribhoomi MMTS Ladies Special Service departing Lingampalli at 17:55 hrs will now allow General Passengers also to travel in these trains.

Out of 9 coaches in these two trains,5 coaches from the drivers cabin will be for Ladies and the rest 4 coaches will be for General Passengers as per the marking on the coaches i.e Ladies, First Class, Physically Challenged etc.

PostHeaderIcon MMTS Phase 2 on track

In the mid of 2012 MMTS Phase 2 project has been sanctioned by Union and State Government but the work has not yet been started. Probably it may start by April, 2013.

Before going in depth about Phase 2 let us know about MMTS Phase 1 and its Pros and Cons.

MMTS PHASE 1:

Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) Phase 1 has been started 10 years back and running successfully. This phase was completed at a cost of 178 crores and started its operations on August, 9, 2003. It covers a distance of 43 km with 27 stations and connects commuters to Secunderabad, Nampally, Dabirpur, Malakpet, Falaknuma, Madhapur and Lingampally.

Pros :

The MMTS currently serves a daily 1.6 lakh passengers. This is a very good jump from last years 1.2 lakh passengers per day.

Its services increased from 74 per day in 2007 to 121 services in 2011.

Ticket is of reasonable charge.A minimum of Rs.4. and a maximum of Rs.10.

Cons:

These MMTS trains on many routes are late by at least 30 minutes. In some cases if these are on time at source stations they get delayed at other stations due to lack of signals.

I had a bitter experience last year when I used MMTS as my mode of travel. The train was already late by 10 min to the source station and at many stages due to lack of signal the train stopped. Finally I reaching Secunderabad but I missed my train in 5 min.

Never we should trust MMTS. This is not a problem of mine, its aproblem of every passenger.

Taking these in to consideration the committee planned to start MMTS Phase-2 as MMTS has become general mode of transportation by commuters.

MMTS PHASE 2:

This proposal has come in May 2010 and been approved by the committee in March 2012.This project was planned at an estimation of 632 crores and the committee estimated to complete MMTS Phase 2 project in five years (2012-17). Out of this estimated amount State Government will bear two-thirds of funds and the rest by Indian Railways.

This is a joint venture of Indian Railways and State Government.

The government had announced that it would allocate Rs 25 crore during the financial year 2012-13 out of which the first installment of 6.25 crores has been sanctioned .The central government,through the railway budget,has recently sanctioned Rs 99 crore for the project.

The work has been planned to be done in two stages. Probably it may start by April 2013.

STAGE 1:

MMTS Line

Distance

Cost

Changes

Falaknuma-Umadanagar-Airport 20 km 85 crores new line from Umdanagar to airport and doubling of line from Falaknuma-Umdanagar with electrification
Telapur-Patancheru 9 km 32 crores track restoration and electrification
Secunderabad-Bolarum 14 km 30 crores electrification and remodelling of stations
Sanatnagar-Moula Ali 21 km 170 crores doubling and electrification

Previously till 1995 this Telapur-Patancheru line was used for suburban services.Now it has become unused so changes has to be done near RC Puram to link Patancheru to the main line.

STAGE-2:

MMTS Line

Distance

Cost

Changes

Moula Ali-Malkajgiri-Sitaphalmandi 10 km 25 crores doubling and electrification
Bolarum-Medchal 14 km 74 crores doubling and electrification
Moula Ali-Ghatkesar 14 km 120 crores quadrupling and electrification

“Phase-I has been facing problems with sharing tracks as there are no separate tracks for MMTS. For phase-II, however, new tracks have to be laid and existing tracks changed to electrical lines”, says a Railway official.

Phase-II will integrate with the upcoming Metro at nine junctions. On Metro route-I, it will integrate at Malakpet, Lakdikapul, Khairatabad and Bharat Nagar; on corridor-II at Falaknuma; and on corridor-III at Secunderabad, Begumpet and Nampally.

Despite MMTS being one of the best modes to commute, People face many problems in travelling. Indian Railways has to look in to this issue and make sure that MMTS come on time.

PostHeaderIcon Cancellation of some MMTS trains till 11th Sep,2012

South Central Railway imposed a Line Block between 15:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs from 31th August 2012 to 11th September, 2012 (except on Saturdays) due to track improvement works between Hussain Sagar and Secunderabad / Hyderabad Railway stations.As a result, few MMTS services on Secunderabad-Lingampalli section will be cancelled / short terminated / rescheduled / partially cancelled from 31st Aug to 11th Sept 2012 as detailed below:

MMTS Trains fully cancelled on all days except on Saturdays during 31st Aug to 11th Sep.12:

1. Train No. 47114 / HL-15 Hyderabad-Lingampalli, scheduled to depart Hyderabad at 15:10 hrs.
2. Train No. 47140/ LH-15 Lingampalli-Hyderabad, scheduled to depart Lingampalli at 16:00 hrs.
3. Train No. 47112/ HL-13 Hyderabad-Lingampalli, scheduled to depart Hyderabad at 13:05 hrs.
4. Train No. 47139/ LH-14, Lingampalli-Hyderabad, scheduled to depart Lingampalli at 15:05 hrs.
5. Train No. 47113/ HL-14 Hyderabad-Lingampalli, scheduled to depart Hyderabad at 14:30 hrs.

Trains Short Terminated at Secunderabad on all days Except on Saturdays during  31st Aug to 11th Sep.12:

1.Train No. 47197/ FH-1 Falaknuma -Hyderabad scheduled to depart Falaknuma at 08:45 hrs will be terminated at Secunderabad.

2.Train No. 47155/ FL-8 Falaknuma – Lingampalli scheduled to depart Falaknuma at 09:10 hrs will be terminated at Secunderabad.

Trains Re-Scheduled on all days except Saturdays during 31st Aug to 11th Sep.12:

Train No. 47183 / LF-16 Lingampalli – Falaknuma scheduled to depart Lingampalli at 14:00 hrs is rescheduled on all days expect on Saturdays.

MMTS Trains partially cancelled on all days except Saturdays from 31st Aug to 11th Sept 2012:

1.Train No. 47160 / FL-16 Falaknuma-Lingamapalli, departing Secunderabad at 13:57 hrs is partially cancelled between Secunderabad and Lingampalli.

2.Train No. 47184 / LF-17 Lingampalli-Falaknuma, departing Lingampalli at 14:55 hrs is partially cancelled between Lingampalli and Secunderabad.

3.Train No. 47216 / LF-17 Falaknuma-Lingampalli, departing Secunderabad at 15:02 hrs is partially cancelled between Secunderabad and Lingampalli.

4.Train No. 47186 / LF-19 Lingampalli-Falaknuma, departing Lingampalli at 16:15 hrs is partially cancelled between Lingampalli and Secunderabad.

5.Train No. 47185 / LF-18 Lingampalli-Falaknuma, departing Lingampalli at 15:20 hrs is partially cancelled between Lingampalli and Secunderabad.

6.Train No. 47217 / LF-20 Lingampalli-Falaknuma, departing Lingampalli at 16:30 hrs is partially cancelled between Lingampalli and Secunderabad.

7.Train No. 47169 / FL-15 Falaknuma-Lingampalli, departing Secunderabad at 13:17 hrs is partially cancelled between Secunderabad and Lingampalli.

Special services will run for the convenience of passengers daily from 31st Aug to 11th Sept 2012:

1.Lingampalli-Secunderabad Train will depart Lingampalli at 11:05 hrs and arrive Secunderabad at 11:45 hrs on all days.

2.Hyderabad-Secunderabad Train will depart Hyderabad at 13:05 hrs and arrive Secunderabad at 13:35 hrs on all days.

PostHeaderIcon Introducing Tirupati-Mannargudi Tri-weekly Express train from 4th,July

Introducing Tirupati-Mannargudi Tri-weekly Express from 04-07-12.

Tirupati-Mannargudi Tri-weekly Express which was announced in the current Railway Budget will be inaugurated on 3rd July, 2012 from Tirupati.

The regular run of the train will commence on 4th July, 2012 from Mannargudi and on 5th July, 2012 from Tirupati.

Train no.17408 Mannargudi-Tirupati Tri-weekly Express will depart Mannargudi at 05:30 hrs on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and arrive Tirupati at 16:35 hrs on the same day.

In the return direction,Train no.17407 Tirupati-Mannargudi tri-weekly express will depart Tirupati at 10:40 hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive Mannargudi at 22:35 hrs on the same day.

Enroute, these trains will stop at Pakala, Chittoor, Katpadi, Vellore Cant., Arni Raod, Tiruvannamalai, Tirukkovilur, Villupuram, Cuddalore Port, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi, Mayiladudurai, Perlam, Thiruvaur and Nidamangalam.

PostHeaderIcon Tatkal Ticket Booking Opens after 10 AM from July 10th

Tatkal ticket bookings will open from 10AM  from July 10th on wards. This has been confirmed by railway officials.

Ticket booking agents will not be allowed to book tatkal tickets from 10 AM to 12 PM, which prevents bogus ticket bookings. Railways further planing to open separate tatkal ticket counters which are closely monitored by CCTV cameras to prevent fake Ticket bookings and malpractices.

Earlier tatkal ticket bookings was allowed after 8 AM, but as per new regulation it has changed to 10 AM. Wish all the needy will get Tatkal tickets.

Happy Journey..!

PostHeaderIcon Renumbering of Indore-Howrah -Indore Shipra express, Surat-Puri weekly express,Valsad-Puri weekly express

1. The Indore-Howrah -Indore 19305/19306 Shipra express will be renumbered as 22911/22912. The changes in Passenger Reservation system is to be affected from 04/10/2012.

2. The Surat-Puri weekly express 12744/12743 will be renumbered as 22828/22827. This will be effective from 01/10/2012.

3. The Valsad-Puri weekly express 12583/12584 will be renumbered as 22909/22910 with effect from 27/09/2012.

PostHeaderIcon Addition of permanent coach for Kutch and Sayaji Nagari Express Trains

Western Railway has decided to attach one First AC coach on permanent basis to

1) Train No.19131 Bandra (T) – Bhuj Kutch Express from 2nd July,2012  and

2) Train No.19115 Bandra (T) – Bhuj Sayaji Nagari Express from 2nd July,2012 and to

3) Train No.19132 Bhuj – Bandra (T) Kutch Express from 1st July,2012 and

4) Train No.19116 Bhuj – Bandra (T) Sayaji Nagari Express from 1st July,2012.