Roads totalling 71.16 km to be maintained by them

Agencies preparing blueprint to lessen traffic problems once project begins

Commandoes to guide traffic; two lanes on either side of road to be obstruction-free

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMR) and Maytas Metro Limited (MML), special purpose vehicles of the government and the BOT developer respectively, are planning to take over the three main roads over which the elevated metro rail project is to be built.

The routes of Miyapur to L.B.Nagar (29.87 km) – L1, Jubilee Bus Station to Falaknuma (14.78 km)- L2 and Nagole to Shilparamam (26.51 km)- L3, totalling 71.16 kms over which metro rail will be constructed is going to be maintained by these two agencies.

While it is accepted that traffic movement will be hit hard once work starts early next year, the two agencies are preparing a blueprint to lessen the pain, so to say, to the commuters. Other than pressing into service, trained traffic commandoes of about 300 personnel to guide the traffic, at least two lanes on either side of the road is to kept obstruction-free.

Tough task

“Marshalling traffic will be a tough task during the construction. But, our experience during construction of Punjagutta flyover has shown that if we keep two smoothly paved lanes free of any obstacles and ban roadside parking, traffic movement will be smooth,” explains HMR Managing Director N.V.S. Reddy.

Once soil testing is done at various places for piers foundations, there could be digging at 70-80 sites along the three corridors and this is bound to affect vehicular movement considering these are some of the dense traffic zones. To begin with, digging will be taken up wherever the road width is at least 100 ft. In most stretches, roads have already been widened to 150 ft along these stretches.

Width of each pier will be two metres and as per the right of way details currently available, 51.93 km or 73 per cent of the 71.16 km has been widened. HMR officials claim 90 per cent of L-1, 72 per cent of L-3 and 41 per cent of L-2 routes are free of any obstacles, clearly indicating that much ‘ground work’ is pending on the second line route passing through the crowded old city.