S. Sandeep Kumar

GO directs department to obtain cranes investing Rs. 20 lakh per crane

Suppliers demand Rs. 60,000 per month to lend a crane

There are 20 cranes with the city traffic police currently

HYDERABAD: The Transport Department is acquiring six heavy duty cranes to help ease out traffic gridlocks, occurring due to accidents or vehicular breakdowns at vital thoroughfares in twin cities. The decision to acquire cranes also comes in the wake of all too frequent traffic jams, due to a host of reasons, along the Hyderabad-Vijayawada national highway.

A Government Order was issued last month instructing the department to obtain six cranes with an investment of Rs. 20 lakh per crane. Joint Transport Commissioner C.L.N. Gandhi informed that discussions are underway with the Traffic police to set up modalities for maintenance, salaries to operators and running costs of the cranes.

Officials are also exploring the possibilities of hiring the vehicles. However, the suppliers are demanding a whopping Rs. 60,000 per month to lend a crane. “Once the modalities are finalised, three cranes would be deployed at Nalgonda and one each at Krishna, Cyberabad and Hyderabad districts,” Mr. Gandhi said.

Presently, there are 20 cranes with the city traffic police including 13 cranes of ten-tonne capacity, six cranes of five-tonne capacity and one heavy-duty crane. “On an average, ten cases related to vehicular breakdowns and accidents are reported everyday from regions like Banjara Hills, Masab Tank and Mehdipatnam,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) G. Sampath Kumar Reddy.

The density of traffic jams increases whenever a truck or bus breaks down near the flyovers at Begumpet and Khairatabad. By the time the heavy-duty crane reaches the spot, the traffic almost comes to a stand still, Mr. Reddy said.