Hyderabad: Construction of a four-lane bidirectional flyover from Shilpa Layout to Gas Godown at Gachibowli junction took off with foundation pits being dug up for the mega structure.
The facility is being constructed as part of the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP) to facilitate hassle-free movement at the junction. However, works pertaining to construction of a second level six-lane flyover from Kondapur end towards ORR at the junction were suspended to facilitate alignment of proposed Metro Airport connectivity.
These projects were planned with a cost of Rs 330 crore under the SRDP but works pertaining to flyover from Shilpa Layout to Gas Godown are under progress with a cost of Rs 115 crore. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao had laid the foundations for the projects after opening the unidirectional second level flyover at Biodiversity junction to traffic last November.
Every day, Gachibowli junction witnesses heavy traffic and to cater to the increasing traffic and ensure smooth vehicular movement, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is constructing the structures.
At present, the peak hour traffic at Gachibowli junction is 9,806 passenger car units (PCU) and it is expected to increase to 17,111 PCUs by 2036. Similarly, the peak hour traffic at Shilpa layout road is expected to increase to 1,464 PCUs by next year and further escalate to 5,194 PCUs by 2040.
More importantly, besides easing traffic congestion at the junction, the structures will aid in better connectivity between Hitec City and Financial District. The GHMC is planning to complete the four-lane bidirectional flyover from Shilpa Layout to Gas Godown in 24 months. The foundation pits are being dug up for the structure and works have gained pace, said an official from GHMC.
Regarding the construction of a second level six-lane flyover from Kondapur end towards ORR at the junction, he said the works were suspended to facilitate the proposed Airport Metro connectivity.
“Once the Metro alignment is finalised, the flyover works will be planned and executed accordingly. Multiple construction options are being explored to minimise land and property acquisition. Hence the flyover works are suspended temporarily,” said the official.