Punjagutta flyover opening next week

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NEW FACILITY: A panoramic view of the Punjagutta flyover.
NEW FACILITY: A panoramic view of the Punjagutta flyover.

Special Correspondent

2.1 km flyover to be thrown open anytime after July 10

The flyover with 44 spans is unique for its 65 metre radius curvature at Punjagutta

Initial estimated project cost was Rs. 29 crore; it is likely to go up by another Rs. 5 crore

HYDERABAD: The showpiece flyover of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at Punjagutta is ready for inauguration.

In all probability, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will be throwing it open for traffic anytime after July 10.

The entire 2.1 km flyover is now standing on its own strength with the gigantic steel-concrete slab to form a crucial ‘Y’ link at the NFCL junction bifurcating the structure into two lanes, towards Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills, totally set.

“We just have to ferry out the iron shuttering below. The load has been transferred to the piers,” said Executive Engineer B.N. Rajeshwar.

Two sections

At the merger point, solar delineators and blinkers have been placed along with signages to provide proper directions to the people riding on the flyover for taking the correct route.

The flyover is composed of two sections, both uni-directional, with the section from Jubilee Hills to Topaz building opened in October last.

The main flyover is for vehicles starting after Hotel Kakatiya and will cross over three junctions of Rajiv Gandhi statue, Punjagutta crossroads and NFCL with the option of going towards Vengal Rao Park or Chutney’s at the merger point.

Down ramps on both ends were completed with black topping.

An alternate boundary wall for the cremation ground was built and the old one would be demolished once a pipeline work is done.

503 segments

The flyover with 44 spans is distinctive in several ways like the 65 metre radius curvature at Punjagutta, segmental construction – 503 segments glued together and a smooth riding comfort with expansion joints spaced for every 100 metres, unlike the conventional 12-20 metres, avoiding bumps.

Tragic incident

The construction, besides facing obstacles in the form of properties acquisition, shifting of utilities like power and water lines which led to delays, also witnessed a tragic incident of a segment crashing killing two persons after a heavy downpour. Escalating cement and steel prices too became an issue and the technical consultant for the project is looking into the aspect of increased budget as has been sought by the contractor, Gammon India. The initial estimated project cost was about Rs. 29 crore and it might go up by another five crore, officials expect.



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