After considerable escalation of project cost and continuing to provide extremely testing times for the traffic, the work on the Road over Bridge (RoB) near Hitec City MMTS Station on Madhapur spinal road has at last, entered the final phase.

Work on the project, which aims to provide smooth connectivity between Kukatpally side with Madhapur, Kondapur and also towards Jubilee Hills, has been delayed much beyond the schedule while motorists continue to struggle every day.

Small ducts below the railway tracks near MMTS Station have been the only connectivity for road traffic but the same started to choke badly once the spinal road shaped up and traffic volumes grew considerably. As a solution, the RoB was taken up by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) with an initial cost of around Rs.24.38 crore.

Various factors including necessary design approvals from the South Central Railways (SCR) for part of the project that flies over the railway tracks, has delayed the RoB and meanwhile, the total project cost got revised from Rs.24.38 crore to Rs.48 crore. And now, it is expected to go up by another Rs.5-6 crore.

Yet, what should bring some cheers to the harassed motorists who invariably struggle to find a way out here now, is the fact that the work on foundations in the railway portion has started recently. Necessary clearances were obtained for the foundation work in the railways area and by the time these get executed, approval for the superstructure is expected.

Stretching 910 m in length, the RoB has designed as 21.5 m wide and comes equipped with four-lane divided carriageway. Of this, nearly 120 m span goes over the railway tracks. HMDA had already completed its work related to either sides of the track.