Staff Reporter

Subway type arrangement to come up likely: Commissioner

Based on feedback from various quarters GVMC defers flyover plan for a couple of monthsFeedback suggests proposed flyover might choke urban landscape of the cityPlan to reduce length of flyover and supplement it with an underground subway

VISAKHAPATNAM: The proposed flyover in the city has taken a backseat as of now. After a survey conducted by the officials of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), the flyover is likely to be replaced by a subway type of arrangement.

In an exclusive chat with The Hindu Commissioner of GVMC N. Srikant said that basing on feedback from various quarters the corporation has deferred the flyover plan for a couple of months.

"We were ready with the construction of the flyover, even the tenders were almost finalised but some feedback suggested that the proposed flyover might choke the urban landscape of the city. We are now planning to reduce the length of the flyover and supplement it with an underground subway type of system," the Municipal Commissioner said.

Drinking water

On the drinking water position the Commissioner assured that there would not be any problem this year. According to him, the levels in the reservoirs were up to the desired mark and it would be maintained till the rains in September. "Moreover, we have Godavari water to augment supplies as and when required. One filter is ready and the other 15 are on the verge of completion. We are only awaiting the filter bed material which is a seasonal commodity," he said.

As far as Greater Visakha was concerned, he confirmed that pipelines were being laid to supply water to areas like Madhurawada and Kommadi. "We are also planning a 10 mgd water treatment plant at Gajuwaka which will be operational by next year."

The Commissioner also said that work was on for the lining of perennial streams like Yerigedda and Lavender Canal. "This is being done to handle storm water and later other streams like Uttagedda will also be addressed to. The lining work is being done to facilitate the free entry of excavators into the canals for desilting to avoid congestion and flash floods," he said.

Underground drainage

On the other developmental projects, he said that the underground drainage system had been completed in the Old Town area and the newly created underground ducts would be operational shortly. "The ducts are almost over and we are in touch with various telecom companies and Discom. We started laying water lines in the ducts," he said.

One the proposed Narasimha Nagar and Mudasarlova tunnel, he said the GVMC was awaiting the environment assessment report to start the project.