Work has been progressing on the up-ramp at Upparpally and heading for the final phase

One more intermediate ramp offering connectivity for those intending to join the PVNR Elevated Expressway in between will be ready by the end of June.

The 11.8 km long expressway connecting the city with the international airport at Shamshabad, has already been equipped with three connections, up-ramps at Lakshminagar and Aramgarh and a down-ramp at Upparpally. Of a total of six, these three ramps were made available for traffic last year.

Now, work has been progressing on the up-ramp at Upparpally and heading for the final phase. Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) officials said it would be ready in all aspects by the next month end.

“With little finishing touches, we expect to open it for traffic around first or second week of July,” said an official.

Though PVNR Elevated Expressway was inaugurated in October 2009, work on the three sets of exit and entry ramps planned for it has been getting delayed due to various reasons.

Unresolved issues

Even now, two more connections to the expressway remain mired in issues. The acquisition of land parcel pertaining to the Defence Ministry has not been resolved yet at Lakshminagar which not only has been affecting the ramp work but also that of the service road to be done by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

“GHMC is to pursue the matter on acquisition of land and we are waiting for it to be solved. Still, where ever clear space is available for the ramp, we are taking up the work,” he said.

Relocation of a place of worship here too delayed commencement of work.

For the down-ramp at Aramgarh, the slow pace of pipelines shifting by Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) delayed the progress.

The water board was initially provided with Rs.3.70 crore and later provided with an additional Rs.1.30 crore by the HMDA.

“The new lines have been laid and the HMWSSB has to connect it to the mainline and pull out the old connections. Once they finish it, we can commence work,” added the official.

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