MMTS or the Multi-Modal Transport System is an uptown railway network running in Hyderabad and Sekundarabad. Starting its maneuver in August 2003, this transport facility is a result of partnership between Government of Andhra Pradesh and the South Central Railway. The functioning of the train is taken care of by South Central Railway. MMTS is remarkable regarding the services it provides. About 160000 people commute daily via the train. The train offers first class and general compartments, vendor compartments, physically handicapped (PH) compartments and special Ladies compartment.
The train follows two routes namely the "MMTS" route and the "suburban" route. The MMTS route connects Hyderabad and Lingampalli, Falaknuma and Lingampalli, and Hyderabad and Falaknuma. The suburban route covers the area between Secundarabad and Manoharabad. The train covers various important stations in between for passenger's convenience.
The MMTS project comprises of two phases. It was after the completion of the first phase in August 2003 at a cost of 178 crore that the train started its operations on August 9. The first phase links 27 stations covering a distance of 43 km. Secundarabad, Nampally, Dabirpura, Lingampally, Madhapur, Malakpet and other stations are conveniently united by the Multimodal Transport System (MMTS) (Hyderabad). MMTS trains can be easily distinguished by their white-blue color.
All MMTS stations are fully computerized. MMTS stations have the facility of issuing MMTS tickets and general tickets as well as a reservation counter. The South Central Railway has recently launched the ATVM machines, accessible in all MMTS stations for issuing MMTS and General tickets. A combined pass is given by the railways for APSRTC buses and MMTS trains. A single pass therefore entitles you to use both the MMTS railway facility and the APSRTC buses.
A 107-km Phase-II project was proposed by the Indian railways. This proposal was sanctioned by the Union Cabinet Committee on March 1 2012. The estimated expenditure for this project is 632.68 crore. The project is to be funded by both the state government and the Indian Railways. Passenger amenities at various stations and more MMTS coaches have been included in the Phase II. The project is scheduled for completion during three years of the existing Five-Year Plan (2012-17).
On the eve of International Women's Day in 2012, S Satyavati independently drove an MMTS Train and became the first woman loco pilot of the South Central Railways. She drove "Mathrubhoomi" Ladies Special train from Falaknuma to Lingampally. This also brings us to a special mention of "Maturubhoomi". South Central Railway launched two ladies special trains with 9 coaches each on Sept 28th 2011 in Falaknuma-Lingampally route. However, these are not utilized fully and run almost empty during the peak hours of the day.
The requirements of different sections of the society are efficiently taken care of by the MMTS. The MMTS consists of three railway lines. The MMTS service runs on high speed electric trains which make the travel faster and better suited. No doubt it is a well planned system that reaches out to help the common masses regarding daily commuting.Click to view MMTS Train Timings