Will offer connectivity between JNTU junction and Hi-Tec City on the spinal road

The government has accorded a revised sanction of Rs.68.68 crore for the ongoing Road over Bridge (RoB) at Hi-Tec City railway station, while preparations are afoot to launch massive girders over the railway tracks to complete the project.

The facility, which was conceived with a budget of around Rs.24 crore, kept escalating with delays for the last six years and now the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) hopes to complete it by mid-December.

The RoB that offers connectivity between JNTU junction and Hi-Tec City on the spinal road had work completed on either side with only the central part flying over the railway tracks getting mired in delays due to changes in the design.

Hectic work has been on for the last three months at the yard close to the MMTS station to ready the massive girders.

A total of 32 girders measuring 30 metres for the portion over the tracks and another 16 girders of 35 metres for either side of the tracks have been prepared.

“In about 100 days, we have completed 48 girders and the quantum of welding works done has been massive,” says an official.

Weather permitting, launching of these girders to complete the structure is scheduled in the next 10 days. Once the task is through by the month-end, top concrete and other related works are expected to be completed in December.

The facility has been designed as 910 metres long and 21.5 m wide with a four-lane divided carriageway. The initial budget was revised to Rs.48 crore last year and now hiked to Rs.68.68 crore, for which the government provided sanction last week.

After a series of meetings between the HMDA and the railways, the revised design that got approved looks at avoiding skew in the railway portion and also a continuous span in super structure design.

Apart from segmenting of the deck slab suitably for easy maintenance by railways, it has also been decided to adopt steel grade as per the Railways’ Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) standards.

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