German expert begins survey on mass transport system in capital area
German public transport expert Edward Dotson began study to find out which mass transport system is feasible to temporary capital city Vijayawada.
Amaravati: German public transport expert Edward Dotson began study to find out which mass transport system is feasible to temporary capital city Vijayawada.
- To conduct ‘Passenger Per Hour Per Direction Traffic’ study
- Transport expert Edward Dotson and his team to submit report on viable mass transport system within 15-20 days
- Govt to pick an ideal system based on the future requirement of the people in capital
Following the decision of the State government on Monday to conduct a fresh feasibility study on transportation system, Dotson along with his five-member team met officials of Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation (AMRC) in Vijayawada on Wednesday. According to sources, the study mainly concentrating on Light Rail Transportation (LRT) system on which State government is positive as well as E-Metro Bus and Heavy Metro Rail system.
Dotson had discussions with AMRC MD N P Ramakrishna Reddy and sought some details on previous abortive plans on Metro Rail system in Vijayawada. Dotson is going to submit a report on viable mass transport system to the government within 15 to 20 days.
Sources said Dotson’s team will study on Passenger Per Hour Per Direction Traffic (PPHPDT) before suggesting any mass transport system to the city. “Such a study like PPHPDT had not been conducted by the State government and AMRC before they adopted Metro Rail system for Vijayawada city. We have no idea on what basis they adopted metro rail system and ran a process for about three years,” said a senior official.
As per PPHPDT, LRT can be introduced when 40,000 passengers travel per hour towards one direction and it is 80,000 per heavy metro rail system which was adopted by Andhra Pradesh government in the past.
Interestingly, the passenger traffic per one hour in Vijayawada is just 6,400 only. Even some of the AMRC officials are also clueless how the LRT system is feasible based on the statics revealed by Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana. The Minister himself said it would take 50 to 70 years for traffic to reach such a stage in Vijayawada.
Some metro cities such as Mumbai have mass transport systems of suburban trains, metro rail, mono rail and bus transport system. “The State government may take decision keeping the future needs of capital city area in mind,” an official said.