Bottlenecks in Begumpet to go; new drains at Oliphant bridge
The city coordination committee consisting of top officials of various departments have managed to once again find solutions to some of the most vexing perennial civic problems of the capital.
Traffic bottlenecks on the Begumpet road near the Pantaloon store has been resolved with the Kochar property plot owners near Begumpet nala agreeing to Rs.3.24 crore compensation paving way for road widening.
Owners of Jabbar building and Aladdin heritage building where an open area would be taken over for widening too have fallen in line rising hopes for a hassle-free drive in the near future. Cables belonging to CPDCL, BSNL and Water Board are to be shifted by the respective departments and a slab will be built on the nala, said Additional Commissioner (Development Planning) K. Dhananjaya Reddy.
At a press conference on Thursday, Mr. Reddy said that the GHMC Commissioner Sameer Sharma as the head of the committee has directed works to be taken up without further delay since tenders have already been called. But, before that a section of the main road is to be closed for completing a pending water pipelines project.
The committee members also visited the overflowing sewer near the Oliphant Bridge where they realised that washing of passenger wagons was another reason for water draining from the tracks. Footpath catch pits too are to be laid.
Little ahead towards Rathifile bus stop, either a fresh sewerline will be taken up by the HMWSSB or a defunct sewer line will be re-activated to take in the additional flow. Traffic police have agreed to close the road for three-four days and divert the vehicles once work begins in a fortnight.
Traffic police have also sought putting up railings on footpaths from the bus stop till the railway station to ensure pedestrians use it and hawkers can be moved to a ‘green zone' towards Monda Market.
Mr. Sharma called for a feasibility study to take up an elevated walkway atop the existing footpath with entry to bus stop and station for pedestrians.
Work on a pending foot-over-bridge opposite the station is to be revived and APSRTC was told not to halt buses for more than few minutes at the place.
Junctions at Patny crossroads and St. John's Church are to be improved with acquisition of properties.
Picket nala improvement works are also be expedited with shift of cables, said Mr. Reddy, also the committee convenor.