Hyderabad: The electrification of suburban train services of Medchal- Secunderabad section of Hyderabad division is pending since five decades. Even after electrification of track there is no certainty that MMTS trains would be introduced on Bolarum section.

Suburban Train & Bus Travellers Association has renewed its plea to the Railway Ministry for a MMTS train on Bolarum-Secunderabad section.

“Students, office-goers, milk and vegetable vendors and businessmen are suffering due to the absence of local trains. Cancellation of the existing DEMU trains has added to the problems of commuters. Moreover, the present nine trains are irregular and their timings are odd, “said Noor, General Secretary, Suburban Train & Bus Travellers Association.

The Association urged the Ministry to advise SCR authorities to introduce MMTS trains during peak hours or extend few existing trains that run between Lingampalli-Falaknuma/ Secunderabad up to Malkajgiri. They opined it will mitigate the hardships of commuters heading for Kacheguda, Hitec City, Lingampalli since many trains originate and terminate at Kacheguda.

“The Bolarum-Secunderabad section comes under the phase II project of SCR. Its work is almost complete. However, there are a few other sections that required more work. We are waiting for the works in those sections to get completed.” said Spokesperson, Southern Railway.

Nizamabad/Malkajgiri to Kurnool city

Instead of running special trains, passengers are also demanding trains from Nizamabad/Malkajgiri to Kurnool.

“One of the passenger trains running on KCG –KRNT section may be converted as an express train,” they suggested.

The Association urged the Union Government not to sanction any new project till all ongoing projects are completed.

“There is no point in allocating funds for new projects and keeping them in cold storage for years together. Meeting the deadline ought to be the priority,” said a member of the association.

Dheeshma Puzhakkal

Dheeshma Puzhakkal is currently a Reporter with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University, she has interned with Greater Kashmir newspaper and NDTV. Dheeshma has also made short films and documentaries. Her documentary �Still I Rise�, which is based on sex-trafficking in Hyderabad�s Old City, has earned accolades in several film festivals, such as International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kerala (IDSFFK). An avid foodie, she loves to travel and listen to stories that others tell. Photography is one of her all-time interests. She has extensively written on satellite-based journalism, health, consumer, and data stories besides covering anti-crime investigative agencies.

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