Hyderabad: The Telangana Government has given administrative sanction for Rs. 2,631 crore for construction of flyovers and junctions in the first phase of the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) in the capital.
The works divided into five packages will be executed on EPC mode. Tenders have been called on international competitive bidding for five packages, said Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Tuesday.
Replying to a question in the Legislative Council, he said the SRDP comprising skyways, major corridors, roads, grade separators and flyovers, was taken up as a high priority project for Greater Hyderabad at a total cost of Rs. 22,784 crore.
Countering the main opposition Congress’ criticism, Rao said development of Hyderabad on international standards was not a pipe dream. The promises made were not election stunts. “You will see the government realising the dream”, he asserted as the treasury benches thumped the desks.
Giving details of the SRDP, the Minister said a skyway would be developed from Jubilee Bus Station to Turkapally. As part of the Musi rejuvenation scheme, a skyway will be built across the river without in anyway disturbing the flow of water.
Another skyway was proposed from Patny to Bowenpally. For this,100 acres of Cantonment Board land was required. He had already spoken in this connection with the Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, and the latter had expressed agreement. The State Government would handover an equal amount of land to the Cantonment Board, Rao said.
Similarly for development of Rasoolpura junction, police land was required. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had agreed to handover the piece of land. A flyover on the Warangal road, junction works at Kamineni Hospital and radial road at Nagole were also in the pipeline.
Allaying the apprehensions of the members, the Minister said the first phase of Metro rail works would be commissioned this year. The SRDP works at KBR park were slowed down because of PIL filed in court. He hoped the NGT would give a favourable verdict.
Government was going for a multi-pronged approach to get funds for these projects, and the State government, GHMC would also contribute money and through BOT.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Mahammed Ali Shabbir expressed concern at the traffic jams taking place all over the city due to the Metro rail works. He asked the government to speed up works and improve the roads connecting Hyderabad.
Komatireddy Rajgopal Reddy (Congress) said the Metro rail project and other flyover works were nice to look at on television and in presentations. But the ground reality was totally different. Nearly three years after the TRS government came to power, the Metro rail project was nowhere near completion.
The dilly-dallying on alignment had cost both time and money. He wanted to know why a single pillar was not laid at KBR park under the SRDP works.