Vijayawada to have Light Rail Transit System

Amaravati: After carefully examining several transport systems, the state government is reportedly favourable towards Light Rail Technology (LRT) project for Vijayawada. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is evincing keen interest on the project report submitted by German public transport expert Edward Dotson from KFW Company on the light metro rail project after conducting study for two weeks in Vijayawada, it is learnt.

  • Chief Minister keen on Light Rail Technology 
  • 26-km track to be laid for two routes

It may be recalled, municipal administration minister P Narayana in his visit to China and Malaysia in the month of July, has personally inspected various transport systems available in those countries, which included electrical, mono, magnetic, light metro and heavy metro trains and briefed the Chief Minister on their feasibility in Vijayawada.

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According to officials of Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) the passenger traffic in Vijayawada is less compare to other metropolitan cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and even Hyderabad

In Vijayawada about 6,400 passengers are travelling in various modes of transport per hour. Light Metro Rail can transport about 40,000 passengers per hour while Heavy Metro Rail can transport about 80,000 passengers per hour. Where as Vijayawada’s present population is about 12 lakhs, while the other cities, which are presently using metro rail services over one crore population.

The German experts team in its report suggested that the first route will be from Nidamanuru to Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS), a distance of 13.27 km and the second route will be from Penamaluru to PNBS, a distance of 12.76 km, for which about 26 km track will be constructed. They also suggested that the track can be extended to Gannavaram Airport in future.

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According to a senior official of AMRC, Light Rail Technology(LRT) is the only best option for the present traffic situation in Vijayawada, which will have less burden on the government too. “LRT is more flexible and profitable than the metro system and it is one of the most avant-garde technologies operating in Germany and France, he said.
“LRT will have two to six compartments, which will run at a speed of 36 km per hour. In Europe about 287 LRTs are being operated by those governments. In our country LRT is being operated in Gurgaon of Haryana. LRT is feasible for Vijayawada, where the population is increasing day by day after it was declared state Capital,” he added.

Chief Minister is also envisaging that every person in the city must travel a maximum of 30 minutes to reach their regular destinations and the transportation system must be efficient and pollution free, the official said.

Source: The Hans India