Hyderabad: Crossing the ever busy road at Eat Street, Necklace Road or at the IDPL Bus stop in Balanagar has for long been a challenge for pedestrians. So is the case near Panama Godowns, Vanasthalipuram, just to mention a few of such troublesome spots in the city. Now, aiming to help pedestrians, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority has come forward to construct 15 Foot-Over-Bridges in different areas across the city.
To begin with, five of the FOBs will be constructed at IDPL Bus-stop, Prashanth Nagar in Balanagar, Near Eat Street, Necklace Road, near Panama Godowns, Vanasthalipuram, Ushodaya Super Market, AS Rao Nagar and at IDA Uppal, near New Modern Bakery, Uppal.
HMDA is constructing these FOBs at a cost of about Rs 1.5 crore for each structure. Depending on the size and locations, the cost could go up further. Equipped with elevators and steps, these FOBs will make things easy for pedestrians to cross the roads, officials said. “We have already invited tenders and the idea is to complete the construction within six months,” a senior HMDA official said, adding that the structures would be constructed under the Engineering Procurement and Construction mode, with HMDA bearing all the expenditure..
Regarding the rest of the FOBs, the official said construction of all the 10 structures would be completed by this year end in a phased manner. At the same time, a grand plan by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to construct 50 Foot-over-Bridges (FOB) it had announced is yet to make much headway.
The GHMC had planned to construct 50 FOBs across the city under Public Private Partnership mode. Laying emphasis on aesthetics, the municipal corporation wanted to emulate the Gurgaon model with reduced space for advertisements and maximum space for free movement of pedestrians. However, save for the one being constructed near Sultan ul Loom College, on Road no. 3 Banjara Hills, and two in Kukatpally, not many works have been grounded by the municipal corporation so far, with the response to the tenders being ‘less than satisfactory’.