The South Central Railway (SCR), which has taken up MMTS phase-II project through Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), is planning to augment the ongoing phase-I services between Hyderabad-Secunderabad-Falaknuma-Lingampally from the current nine coach trains to 12 coach trains. This is to increase passenger-carrying capacity of the trains. The Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) car shed for MMTS services at Moula Ali is being expanded at a cost of Rs. 6 crore for the purpose. The first section in phase-II between Secunderabad and Bolarum is getting ready with 10 stations en route at a cost of Rs. 12 crore.

SCR General Manager Vinod Kumar Yadav said tenders were being floated for providing a new foot over bridge at Lallaguda station and another FoB at Bolarum. At Falaknuma, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) outpost has been upgraded with separate barracks for women security personnel. At Malkajgiri, coach indication boards have been provided at all three platforms at a cost of Rs. 90 lakh, while Rs. 4 crore was spent on easing drainage flow and preventing water stagnation.

He informed that Rs. 2.5 crore Road Under Bridge (RuB) between Budwel and Umdanagar near Satamrai was scheduled to be completed this year, as also the Rs. 23.62-crore RuB at Anandbagh, Malkajgiri. Work on Tukaram Gate and an RoB at Borabanda would begin soon. Work on RoB widening at a cost of Rs. 10.10 crore at Falaknuma is under way and tenders would be called soon, while construction of RuB at Malakpet is awaiting the government’s nod. “The Railway Ministry has accorded priority for rail infra development work in and around the city with focus on the increasing needs of rail users, besides contributing towards enhancing civic infrastructure,” senior officials said.

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