If everything goes well, Hubballi Dharwad cities will be the first in India to get Light Rail Transit (LRT) service. The project is being planned to ease traffic congestion in twin cities.
Dharwad in-charge minister Santosh Lad, who also holds the portfolio of the Labour ministry said that Light Rail Transit (LRT) will help to reduce the use of private vehicles.
‘The proposal for the same will be ready in 3-4 weeks, the project will be taken up under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model and will be completed in 18 months’ he added.
Light Rail Transit (LRT) is an Urban Transportation System characterized by the combination of Tram and Rapid Transit systems. It will serve the floating population of Hubballi Dharwad.
The rolling stock (the train) is similar to a traditional Tram but it operates at a higher capacity and speed. Here is the view of Light Rail Transit operated by Utah Transit Authority known as ‘TRAX’.
Hubballi Dharwad already has a dedicated rapid transit system known as Hubballi Dharwad Bus Rapid Transit System (HDBRTS), also known as ‘Chigari’.
Minister Santosh Lad added that BRTS will not be scrapped once LRT is implemented. LRT requires a small ramp for the movement of rail, the existing space in the HDBRTS corridor will be used for LRT.
Hubballi Dharwad will grow leaps and bounds in the next 10 to 20 years, and the introduction of new transit systems like LRT will make the twin cities future-proof.
HDBRTS serving the twin cities of Hubballi Dharwad has a ridership of 80,000 to 1,00,000 per day on average. The addition of LRT will cater to the increased population in the coming years.