Shifting of utilities such as pipelines delayed works: official

The work on Nallagandla flyover, which promises to address the problem of large volumes of traffic on the old highway to Mumbai, has entered the final lap and is expected to be completed in next three months.

The Roads & Buildings Department, which has taken up the project in association with Railways, has completed the bridge portion and officials hope to have the work on landings taken care by August. There have been delays in completion of the project due to issues related to shifting of utilities such as drinking water pipelines and others, an official said.

The flyover taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 47 crore starts from the BHEL side and after crossing the railway tracks forks down with one landing going towards Tellapur-Nallagandla side and the other leading towards the old highway and for further driving down to Hitec City and Mehdipatnam. Spread over a length of 21 metres with a 7.50-metre carriageway, the bridge portion has been planned with 46 spans.

“There were some delays pertaining to shifting of drinking water pipeline at Mehdipatnam and Tellapur side which were recently completed. Also, the land for service road has been given to us now and we will hasten up the works on approaches,” said the official.

Apart from the highway traffic, scores of residents from colonies on either side of the railway tracks have been facing hardships since the project was taken up. For them, there are two connecting points, one being the railway crossing, where the roads dug up for flyover have been a major problem, and the other point i.e., the narrow road under bridge on the old highway remains choked with traffic for most part of the day.

The entire road stretch along the flyover continues to remain badly damaged with potholes and craters and turn muddy when it rains. “Driving along this bumpy stretch has turned into a nightmarish experience. The dust from these dug-up roads is also an issue,” said Siva Shankar, a resident of MIG Colony. The R&B officials said the BT topping works would be taken up immediately after the side approaches at the landing were completed.

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