Hyderabad: During the lockdown period, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) maintenance wing has completed around Rs 450 crore worth works, said GHMC Commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar. To contain the spread of coronavirus, the lockdown was enforced in the State from March 22 to May 31.
The Commissioner said that at a review meeting on March 23, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao had directed to take up the road works duly utilising traffic-free conditions during the lockdown and complete as many road works as possible.
Accordingly, the civic body undertook various works under Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP) and completed them at the earliest. During regular conditions, the working hours for laying of BT roads is from 11 pm to 5 am (6 hours) in the nights daily and the turnover would have been about 1.5 km of a four-lane road.
But during lockdown the working hours increased to 14 hours and by deploying multiple sets of machinery, the CRMP agencies could lay about 250 km (about 1,000 lane km) of BT roads and few VDCC roads by taking the advantage of no traffic on the roads.
The value of work done by CRMP agencies in GHMC limits was Rs 320 crore till date and likely to complete works worth about Rs 400 crore till the end of July 2020.
This apart, other contractors of GHMC also took advantage of lockdown conditions and completed works worth about Rs 50 crore in various circles. As per the CRMP, strengthening and re-carpeting of 50 per cent of roads i.e., out of 709 km of roads, 331 km have to be completed by the CRMP agencies in the first year, said a press release.
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