With air operations shifted to Shamshabad, the Begumpet stretch has fewer traffic jams
HYDERABAD: It’s no more a bumper-to-bumper drive along the Begumpet area. With traffic load easing to a good extent on the Rasoolpura-Begumpet-Greenlands stretch, motorists are heaving a sigh of relief with the regular jams coming down after air operations were shifted from Begumpet to the new airport in Shamshabad.
Starting from Rasoolpura junction, those travelling towards Begumpet used to move at a snail’s pace during peak hours earlier. The junction usually sees a lot of heavy traffic towards and from Secunderabad, Minister’s Road and Begumpet areas.
A few glitches, however, continue to exist at the Rasoolpura Junction. For instance, buses coming from Minister’s Road, take a right turn at Rasoolpura Junction, towards the Jubilee Bus station. Often, incoming traffic from Begumpet and Secunderabad is made to wait for a long time while these heavy vehicles manoeuvre.
This persisting problem was identified by GHMC long ago and it had proposed to make suitable changes to the junction but it is yet to be done. “When the Begumpet airport was operating, it used to be a frustrating 30 to 45 minute drive till Somajiguda. Now, it takes less than 20 minutes to reach the same place from Rasoolpura junction”, said B.J. Kalyan, a junior architect working at Somajiguda.
Such agonising traffic jams have given way to almost-open roads from Hyderabad Public School till the Monappa Island – Rajiv Gandhi statue. Traffic police too are a relieved lot. “The vehicular load during evenings at Greenlands junction has come down by over 30 per cent because most flights took off from 7 p.m. But, traffic in the mornings continues to be heavy”, explained Punjagutta Traffic Inspector K.M. Madhu.
The Khairatabad flyover too no longer sees long line of vehicles waiting for the traffic signal and motorists who used to take a detour from Rasoolpura junction to reach Punjagutta, Banjara Hills or Masab Tank find it much easier to travel on the stretch.