After planning country’s first MetroNeo project for Nashik, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MahaMetro), has now provided the design based on the innovative concept to Warangal city in Telangana.
The cost-effective plan prepared by the MahaMetro, will save Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA), planning authority for the cities of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet and adjoining areas, around Rs 2,000 crore.
According to MahaMetro officials, KUDA had asked the agency to prepare the detailed project report (DPR) some months back and it was prepared by a team led by MahaMetro managing director Brijesh Dixit in just five months.
As per the DPR, length of Warangal MetroNeo will be 15km and it will be built at a cost of about Rs1,000 crore. The cost per km of this project is Rs60 crore, against Rs180 crore per km of traditional heavy Metros.
Explaining how the agency managed to save Rs2,000 crore, the officials said, “MetroNeo technology uses electric trolley buses. Like traditional Metros, there are overhead electric (OHE) lines, but these buses run on cement roads instead of tracks. Apart from this, we have done cost optimization in Warangal Metro through various initiatives. The Metro will be at-grade wherever road width is sufficient. The at-grade section is 7km long, while elevated section is 8km.”
Apart from this, automatic fare collection (AFC) system has been replaced by ticket vending machines and random ticket checking. “Only one-third of the platform will be covered by sheds, which will save construction and lighting cost. Solar panels will be mounted atop the stations to save electricity consumption and thus reduce operational expenditure. Also, Warangal Metro’s manpower requirement will be just 15 persons per km, instead of 35 per km of traditional Metros,” said officials.
Currently, population of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet cities is 20 lakh. It is expected to increase to 36 lakh in 2041. The peak hour per direction traffic (PHPDT) in 2041 is expected to be 8,000. “Traditional Metro would not have been feasible here and hence we decided to go in for MetroNeo,” said Dixit.
Warangal Metro will connect Kazipet railway station with Warangal station via Hanamkonda. The Warangal Metro buses will be 18-metre-long and will have carrying capacity of 200 passengers. The number of stations is 21 with station spacing at 600 to 700 metres. The road width used for Up and Down lines is 7.5 metres and 11.5 metres where stations will be built.
KUDA has already submitted the DPR to the government of Telangana and the same is expected to be sent to government of India soon for approval.