The inordinate delay in completing expansion of Nagole bridge is leaving road users fretting and fuming. While expansion work of the bridge connecting Nagole to Uppal has been completed, construction of a pier and some minor works are still pending on the other side.
The construction work was commenced three years ago as part of widening the road on ever busy Uppal and L.B. Nagar stretch to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The bridge expansion was also taken up to enable hassle-free drive to those going to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad. The cost of the project is Rs.8 crore.
Initially, the project faced hurdles owing to land acquisition problem. Technical reasons for constructing piers were also led to the delay. “We have resolved these two issues in coordination with other government agencies. But funds shortage is now affecting the progress of work,” officials said.
The State government has directed Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), and Roads and Buildings Department to share the project cost. Apparently, the GHMC has expressed its inability to share the cost. The issue was again discussed during a meeting convened by the then Chief Minister K. Rosaiah. He asked the Roads and Buildings Department to bear the cost and complete the project at the earliest. Since then, the department is waiting for the sanction of required funds.
“We got clearance from the government to spend Rs.4.5 crore for early completion of the work. We are also planning to allow traffic on the expanded area connecting Nagole-Uppal stretch within a few weeks while pending works on the other side will be done within three months,” said Roads and Buildings Department Executive Engineer K. Jaipal Reddy.
The 10-km Uppal-L.B. Nagar stretch is replete with residential colonies and private establishments. The stretch is a high traffic zone and serves as a main connecting link between Shamshabad airport and Tarnaka. Private buses heading towards Vijayawada also prefer this stretch.