Hyderabad: The key road junctions in different parts of the ctiy are undergoing a major metamorphosis these days.
The regular look of a junction so far happened to be that of a road divider on all stretches leading to the junction and installed in the middle of it, a signal post to streamline the traffic flow from all directions.
Now, the effort is to impart an identity to each location, based on what that particular place happens to be known most for or based on some landmarks in the vicinities. And in some cases, the junction makeover is just driven by a touch of aesthetics and incorporation of elements.
The Mettuguda junction beautification works are almost nearing completion. Even as it brings that work to a closure, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is now focusing on LB Nagar and Suchitra junction beautification works.
Under the junctions beautification and development initiative, the Municipal Corporation is taking up different works at these three locations. As part of this, water fountains, finely laid carpets of colourful and seasonal flowers, lush greenery and other features are being developed at the junctions.
The officials said the junctions are being developed with different themes which relatively reflect the significance of the areas. At Mettuguda junction, a water cascade is developed with a steps design and theme.
At LB Nagar junction towards Chintalkunta underpass between the Vijayawada roads, there is some space available. The civic body has is now taking up development of this space with a theme based on film shootings as Ramoji Film City is in the vicinity. The theme gets expressed more with a tall sculpture of a cameraman at work, besides water cascades and greenery.
At Suchitra junction, a cascade is being developed in the form of a kettle and beautification will be taken up on either sides of Gajularamamam road end and Qutbullapur road end corners.
Works at Mettuguda junction are almost done, a senior official from the GHMC said. “All the civil works are completed and power and water supply is to be taken up in a few days,” he said, adding that the new look will be unveiled very soon.
With the works at Mettuguda junction almost done, focus is now on LB Nagar and Suchitra junctions. Works are being taken up at brisk pace and efforts are being made to complete them in a month, he said, adding that about Rs.50 lakh was being spent on the beautification of these two junctions.
Regarding Aramgarh junction beautification, the official said the theme is based on international airport. Earlier, there used to be a cascade designed like a ball and with water spilling over on to the roads, the cascade was shut and there are plans to shift it to another location, he informed.