Posted On October 15, 2016 By In Telangana And 964 Views

Strategic Road Development Plan runs into another hurdle

Hyderabad: After National Green Tribunal (NGT) stay order on Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP) work around KBR Park, work on a flyover and grade separator at Owaisi Hospital and Research Centre at Santoshnagar as well as at Bahadurpura has been stalled following stiff resistance from Akbaruddin Owaisi, the MIM legislator from Chandrayangutta. The MLA, who is also managing director of Owaisi Hospital and Research Centre, reportedly told Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials that the proposed flyover in front of their hospital would impact the hospital entrance. He reportedly told the GHMC officials that there was no need for a flyover as the road is wide enough for the current traffic volume. “The road is part of inner ring road and connects Shamshabad International Airport. The project is being taken up keeping in view future needs and growing traffic volume,” a senior engineering official overseeing SRDP said. Official sources said the Owaisi Hospital authorities did not allow the GHMC project wing officials to survey the road in front of the hospital. Interestingly, metro rail work (the corridor from JBS to Falaknuma) in the Old City could not begin due to MIM’s opposition. The MIM sought change in the alignment as the proposed route affects hundreds of properties. Meanwhile, another SRDP package that covers a flyover, grade separators and junction improvements at L B Nagar Junction, Bairamalguda, Kamineni Hospital and Chintalkunta Checkpost could not begin as Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) is yet to finalize the project alignment. This package, to be executed in the second phase, connects Nagole, L B Nagar, Chandrayangutta and Aramgarh stretches to Shamshabad International Airport. The municipal corporation last year has taken up SRDP Phase I by dividing it into five packages. Of them, four were taken up to construct flyovers, skyways, grade separators and junction improvement at 18 locations. Six of them were proposed around KBR Park such as KBR entrance, Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Road No 45 junction at Jubilee Hills and Film Nagar junction. “Of the proposed 18 locations, work has begun at Mind Space junction, Ayyappa Society and Rajiv Gandhi statue junction at Kukatpally. The rest are facing some problem or the other,” a superintending engineer of GHMC. Officials said an agreement was signed with B Seenaiah & Company and M Venkat Rao & Company for four packages early this year by the GHMC and the work should be completed within 24 months. Even after eight months, construction could not begin due to problems and there is uncertainty over the completion of works on time.When contacted, GHMC chief engineer (projects) K Suresh Kumar said Akbaruddin Owaisi raised objection over the proposed flyover at Owaisi Hospital junction and efforts were being made to explain the future requirements to the legislator.

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