Last-mile link still a dis­tant dream

HMRL, TSRTC con­tinue to be at log­ger­heads

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

NAVEENA GHANATE | DC HY­DER­ABAD, OCT. 13 The tus­sle be­tween Hy­der­abad Metro Rail Lim­ited (HMRL) and TSRTC over pro­vid­ing last-mile con­nec­tiv­ity to pas­sen­gers will go on for some more time as bus routes have not been re­ori­ented, there is a de­lay in the elec­tric ve­hi­cle pol­icy and also be­cause of the elec­tions.

Highly-placed HMRL sources said the RTC was re­luc­tant to re­work­ing its routes. The sources noted that some of the buses run­ning along the Metro Rail can cater to parts of the city where there is a dearth of con­nec­tiv­ity.

The Metro Rail fre­quency has been in­creased from eight min­utes to three-and­half min­utes in view of the heavy rush at peak hours, but the RTC says there is no new re­quire­ment to re­ori­ent ser­vices or de­ploy more buses.

An RTC of­fi­cial said the Metro Rail had im­pacted oc­cu­pancy of about 20 a/c buses, while other ser­vices re­mained un­af­fected. RTC ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor C. Vinod Ku­mar said the Metro Rail ser­vice is still new. “We have to wait to go into de­tails of re­ori­en­ta­tion. Un­doubt­edly there is a lit­tle im­pact on a/c buses wherein the per kilo­me­tre earn­ing is re­duced on av­er­age by `6. There is no im­pact on the other buses.”

The per km earn­ing has dropped from `54 to `48 on RTC Route 218, which is served by 18 a/c buses. There is no im­pact on Route 222.

The Miya­pur-Nagole cor­ri­dor was started in Novem­ber 2017 and Ameer­pet-LB Na­gar in Septem­ber 2018. An RTC of­fi­cial said 50 non-AC ser­vices were re­ori­ented, but this was done be­fore the Metro Rail ser­vices be­gan.

HMRL sources said buses are key to con­nect to the in­te­ri­ors as peo­ple may not pre­fer to use cabs to reach the Metro Rail sta­tions.

An RTC of­fi­cial said, “Our net­work is tak­ing care of last mile con­nec­tiv­ity. If there is a spe­cific need, we will take care of it af­ter duly ex­am­i­na­tion. No new de­mand has been no­ticed.”

He said that RTC ser­vices were in a way act­ing as feeder ser­vices. All buses from Ibrahim­pat­nam, Hay­at­na­gar and Se­cun­der­abad con­verge at LB Na­gar.

An­other key com­pe­nent to pro­vid­ing last-mile con­nec­tiv­ity is the elec­tric ve­hi­cles pol­icy. The Cen­tre has not come out with a proper frame­work for elec­tric ve­hi­cles be­cause of which there has been on move­ment on that front.

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