HYDERABAD (Metro Rail News): Commuters in the city depend heavily on personal vehicles to travel, with 47.8% using them and only a meager 2% taking the Metro Rail.
Analyzing the latest government report on road transport in Hyderabad, experts said it was alarming to note that 1,200 new vehicles are added to the roads every day, and shared autorickshaw’s share is about 64%, while the model share of bus transport has declined over the years.
The city’s daily bus ridership is about 3,300,000, reveals an analysis of Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI).
“Forty electric buses were introduced into the TRSRC fleet, but we need to encourage E-vehicles, especially in the public transport system,” said professor Srinivas Chary, center head for Centre for Energy, Environment, Urban Governance & Infrastructure Development.
While Metro Rail caters to the commuting needs of about 2 lakh passengers every day, being a major public transport, the share of Metro is just 2%. However, Metro has the potential to make it big, as more lines get added in the future.
The total share of the private mode of transport, including intermediate public transport like share autos, stands at 64%, which underscores the need for encouraging more public transport.
The transport supply and demand pattern in the city shows that the share of buses has dropped from 64.3% in 1988 to 34.5% in 2018. In the same period, the model share of personal vehicles has increased from 28.8% to 47.8%. “I own a car, but I have reduced its usage.
Instead, I take Metro Rail or buses for longer distances,” said SK Rao, a retired private employee from Himayatnagar. Non-motorised cycles account for 22% of all travelers and 40% of trips within the city.