Area is a major crossing point for vehicles
Located on the old Mumbai Highway and also leading the way to the Shamshabad airport, Mehdipatnam has emerged as a key traffic area but is in dire straits owing to lack of planning.
Mehdipatnam, the south-western sector of the city, is flanked on all sides by bustling residential colonies and commercial activities dotting all the main thoroughfares. It is also a major crossing point since it provides access to Gachibowli, Madhapur, Banjara Hills and Asifnagar.
Motorists, particularly at Mehdipatnam bus stop, run into an erratic flow of vehicles and the junction remains in chaos for most part of the day giving pedestrians a hard time.
While documenting the traffic volumes in the area, the Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS) for the Hyderabad Metropolitan Area taken up by LEA Associates South Asia, has found 7,309 Passenger Car Units (PCU) in both directions between NMDC and Rythu Bazar.
Similar high traffic was also found at junctions with 8,922 PCU/hour at Rethibowli, 8,116 PCU/hour at Nanal Nagar junction and 5,265 PCU/hour at Toli Chowki. The traffic tabulated comprised mainly two-wheelers with the data between Rythu Bazar and Rethibowli showing 6,078 two-wheelers, 2,100 autos and 2,200 cars.
While making detailed analysis, the CTS in its preliminary report pointed at several factors affecting the traffic scenario here. If buses coming from Toli Chowki and taking U-turn under the Expressway were found to be blocking traffic flow on the main road at Masab Tank, then autos were seen spilling over to the carriageway.
The report also pointed at footpath either missing or being under encroachments in most parts. At Mehdipatnam bus stop, it underscored the plight of pedestrians and described it as ‘the major traffic safety issue which requires immediate attention'.