Double-decker flyover to dot Hyderabad landscape?

Double-decker flyover to dot Hyderabad landscape?
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In its efforts to ease traffic congestion in the stretch of Balanagar and Kukatpally, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) officials are coming up with a revamp proposal for a double-decker flyover instead of the six-lane-two-way flyover from Balanagar to Narsapur X Road.

Hyderabad: In its efforts to ease traffic congestion in the stretch of Balanagar and Kukatpally, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) officials are coming up with a revamp proposal for a double-decker flyover instead of the six-lane-two-way flyover from Balanagar to Narsapur X Road.

However, no grade separators are being planned along the Metro Rail Corridor and consequently the traffic has reached saturation level causing severe congestion at Kukatpally Y Junction. It is estimated that nearly 17,000 passenger car units (PCUs) per hour pass through this stretch for which a flyover is proposed. Unless a grade flyover is constructed, PCUs movement cannot be regulated at the ground level.

It was proposed for a six-lane-two-way flyover from Balanagar and Narsapur X Road as heavy traffic congestion is observed at two major junctions between Kukatpally Y junction and Bowenpally Junction. The HMDA is planning to take up multi-level flyover which would be four lane + four lane in order to bring down traffic congestion.

The HMDA has awarded the contract to BSCPL Infrastructure Ltd. The State government has sanctioned Rs 387 crore for the construction of 1-kilometre long Balanagar flyover with the target to complete the project by March 2019. Out of Rs 387 crore, Rs 104 crore would be the civil cost and the land acquisition would cost around Rs 265 crore. Officials claim that nearly 300 properties would be affected by land acquisition.

Sources in the HMDA said the double-decker flyover at Balanagar would solve the traffic problem in the area besides cutting down the travel time. Sources said that HMDA had released Rs 25 crore to GHMC to take up land acquisition but GHMC had not yet taken up the work even though the soil testing by HMDA being done for 26 pillars of proposed flyover.

A senior HMDA official reiterated that it would be the first such flyover in the country if it took a real shape. He said the cost of the double-decker flyover would increase but land acquisition would go down when compared to the six-lane flyover. He also added that the contractor for the construction of the Balanagar flyover would soon submit a feasibility report of double-decker flyover.

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