The Andhra Pradesh State Government announced, on Monday, that the Urban Mass Transit Company will be preparing a detailed project report for the trackless tram system in Visakhapatnam. They proposed a 60.2km long trackless tram system. The proposal was made earlier in December as a part of Vizag Metro Rail Project.
Urban Mass Transit Company Limited would provide the DPR for the 79.91 km 1st phase of Vizag metro project. Urban Mass Transit Company (UMTC) emerged as the successful bidder by quoting a cost of Rs 5.33 cr which is the lowest among all the bidders.
Prior, the authorities decided upon completion of metro rail project covering 140 km, in three phases. The first phase was initially scheduled for a length of 46.4km. Later on, the government of Andhra Pradesh revised the plan and extended the length up to 79.91 km. The first phase proposed from Gajuwaka to Kommadi, will be extended to the upcoming Bhogapuram International Airport, from 34.23 km to 67.74 km. The other corridors are Gurudwara to the Old Post Office (5.26 km) and Thatichetlapalem to the Rama Krishna Beach Road (6.91 km).
To relieve the financial burden on state government, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy mooted to introduce the trackless tram system to connect the sparsely populated areas in Visakhapatnam. The authorities decided upon four routes which the trackless tram will run. The tram corridors will include NAD Junction-Pendurthi, Steel Plant-Anakapalli, Old Post Office- Rushikonda beach, and Rushikonda beach-Bheemili.
These will be implemented as the second and third phases of Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Project.
Inputs from Vuha Kunapareddy