Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is continuing its mission of improving civic infrastructure by re-carpeting roads and improving junctions in the city. While the main roads in the city are being restored under the Comprehensive Road Maintenance Programme (CRMP), theme-based junctions and traffic islands are being developed to reduce traffic snarls.
Two junctions in the IT corridor — the NIA junction and Cyber Towers and two junctions in the Khairatabad zone — Mozamjahi Market junction and Abids junction — recently got a facelift. In all the four junctions, pedestrian-friendly islands, lane markings, pedestrian crossings and rumble strips, installation of bollards was done while greenery was also developed. A recce around these junctions revealed that the junctions were reducing traffic snarls and creating a transit for pedestrians crossing roads.
“The traffic islands have reduced traffic indiscipline among commuters and people are now taking U-turns at designated points, which was not the case earlier. Pedestrians are also able to cross safely due to these traffic islands,” said Rohan Patnayak, a commuter who uses the stretch connecting Madhapur and Hitec City frequently.
Officials said more such transformation of the city was underway with dozens of theme-based junctions to dot the city. “As of date, across the city, 35 junctions are being improved. The World Resource Institute (WRI) along with traffic cops did a traffic assessment. Based on their study, junctions have been designed,” a GHMC official said, adding that to provide seamless commuting, the GHMC Quality Control wing had decided to penalise contractors resorting to shoddy repair works.
The civic body has deducted Rs 1.55 crore from the bills payable to contractors. GHMC officials inspected the works and submitted the report to GHMC commissioner DS Lokesh Kumar following which the penalties were imposed.
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