HYDERABAD: Sky Bus - another mode of public transport - is being considered to ease traffic congestion in the city. B Rajaram, former managing director of Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd, developed the technology. The other options include metro rail, mono-rail and Bus Rapid Transit system.
Rajaram who got a patent for the Sky Bus technology, made a presentation on the public transport mode to Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at Secretariat on Tuesday.
Sky Bus consists of two coaches. About 150 commuters can be accommodated in each coach. It has been developed taking into consideration the growing transport needs of modern cities.
Speaking to media persons, Rajaram claimed Sky Bus incorporates the safest technology. A presentation on Sky Bus project was made to President APJ Abdul Kalam in 2001.
The project is cheaper as compared to the metro rail. It costs Rs 50 crore per km, while the cost of metro-rail project is Rs 120 to 180 crore per km. Moreover, there isn’t any need for land acquisition to execute the Sky Bus project.
In the presentation Rajaram explained, Sky Bus needs a minimum of 9-metre area to lay a two-way track. Pillars for laying the track can be raised on the existing road dividers.
Initially, the project was proposed for a distance of 20 km between Kukatpally and Dilsukhnagar at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Currently, Sky Bus is being run on a test-track at Madgaon, Goa.
The project funding will be borne by Doxport Technologies, Malaysia and Konkan Railway Corporation will lend the technology support.
Doxport Technologies will execute the project in the city on BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) basis. The project will be transferred to the state government after 20 years.
Rajaram said the Chief Minister responded positively to introduction of Sky Bus in the city. A team of experts will be sent to Goa to study the technical feasibility of implementing the project in Hyderabad city.