To avoid further delay in the completion of the Asilmetta flyover, GVMC is mooting reducing its length by a span.
The contractor concerned had earlier stated that he would complete it by August. But at a recent meeting he indicated that it would take up to October.
When all the service roads on either side of the flyover are completed, it hardly matters where the flyover ends. It will be by and large useful only to those who are going to the railway station directly from Asilmetta. So, if even if the length is reduced by a span it hardly matters, reasons Municipal Commissioner B. Ramanjaneyulu. A decision is yet to be taken.
“Since the contractor wanted two more months of time, I suggested to that the length be reduced by a span that is about 30 m to 40 m. However, it is only a proposal and no final decision is taken,” GVMC Chief Engineer B. Jayarami Reddy told The Hindu.
The flyover has been taken up as a part of Pendurti corridor of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS). The 20 km corridor includes the 1.1 km flyover from Vemana Mandiram to the DRM's office at an estimated cost of Rs.63 crore.
Subsequently, the flyover has been extended up to Institution of Engineer's building, by 0.46 km, at an additional cost of Rs.25 km.
On the problems being faced, the Commissioner said the Defence authorities have agreed in principle for land in 1:2 ratio- 2.5 ha for 1.25 ha- but a letter of approval had to be given by the authorities here.
The Commissioner said on Monday at nine points, including Ramakrishnapuram, Vepagunta, SC Colony, Shirdi Saibaba temple on Mudasarlova road and Bhoolokamatha temple and a mosque at Resapuvanipalem, on the Simhachalam corridor problems cropped up. All problems barring one were addressed successfully, he said.
The temples are being shifted and a wall is being constructed inside the mosque. While 50 of those living at Ramakrishnapuram will be given housing units, 176 will be given alternative sites.