Hyderabad: Restrictions on vehicular movement on PVNR Expressway are likely to be imposed from Tuesday evening after some repair works are undertaken on the service roads to ensure faster movement of vehicles, authorities said. Traffic coming from airport side will be diverted to the service roads underneath the expressway to enable the authorities to carry out relaying of the BT road on the 11.6 km long expressway. However, the traffic from Mehdipatnam side towards Airport will be allowed as usual.
The diversion of traffic was to come into effect from Monday, but it was deferred to Tuesday considering the condition of the carriage below the expressway. A team of traffic police and HMDA officials inspected the service roads and decided to take up the diversions only after taking up some patch works on the service roads. This apart, banners and signboards alerting motorists about the traffic restrictions are yet to be set up. All these works will be completed by Tuesday evening and traffic restrictions will be imposed accordingly, said HMDA Deputy Executive Engineer V V S Appa Rao.
Once the restriction comes into force, motorists coming from airport side to Mehdipatnam will have to brace up themselves for a tough commute given the conditions of the carriageway and service roads. The stretch from Aramghar to Mehdipatnam is a high traffic zone. With the additional flow of vehicles after traffic restriction, motorists will have to pass through a few bottlenecks on the existing carriageway. It turns narrow at the up ramp near pillar no. 311 and pillar no. 273 at Attapur Bridge, near Mythri Hospital and right at the Nanal Nagar entry point.
Though there is a provision for service roads, at many places the conditions are unmotorable. At pillar no. 151, the slabs on a drain are not levelled and near Spencer’s showroom, gravel is scattered all over. Compounding matters further, autorickshaws are parked on the roads at a few places. After taking up utility works, road restoration works have not been taken up and the warning boards are strewn on the roadsides.
After the expressway was inaugurated in 2009, HMDA is taking up re-carpeting works for the first time on the structure with a cost of Rs 9 crore. Though the agreement is for over six months, officials said efforts are being made to complete the works in two months. Works will be taken up in a phased manner on the four-lane structure. First, the two lanes from Airport side to Mehdipatnam, followed by the two lanes on the other side. Till all these works are completed, traffic will be permitted from Mehdipatnam to the airport on the expressway. After the two lanes are re-carpeted, traffic from the airport end will be permitted on these two lanes and works on the other two lanes will be taken up simultaneously.
The expressway, on which only four-wheelers are allowed, has become a favourite for motorists not only reaching the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), but also those heading for NH-44 which connects Hyderabad with Bengaluru via Kurnool city in Andhra Pradesh.