PVNR Expressway is getting reflective median markers to ensure safety and driving comfort on the country’s longest elevated expressway.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has taken up the work at a cost of around Rs.49 lakh for the entire 11.6 km stretch connecting the core city with the international airport at Shamshabad.
Reflective markers ensure that drivers at nights can be properly guided. The markers get illuminated by the light from the vehicle headlamps and will help in ‘better navigation and safety’, an official said.
The work has begun and has been completed at the trumpet interchange near Shamshabad and also the underpass at Aramgarh. “The entire stretch has been taken up for marking and 90 per cent work is completed,” he said.
HMDA authorities are looking at opening one more ramp to the expressway by early November. Of a total of six ramps, only three have been opened for traffic and the work on the fourth, an up-ramp at Upparpally, is headed for completion.
“We hope to finish it by October-end and open it soon for traffic,” the official said. A down-ramp at Aramgarh has just started to take shape and is expected to take at least nine months for completion.
The sixth ramp proposed at Laxminagar remains stuck in delays due to land acquisition issues. If shifting of a place of worship here has run into issues, even acquiring a parcel of land from the defence has not been attended to so far.
The HMDA officials maintained that the GHMC had to take care of these issues and ramp work could commence only after these bottlenecks were cleared.