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Traffic: CTS recommends Rs.190-cr. action plan

T. Lalith Singh
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It calls for immediate relocation of obstacles

Having taken a close and critical look at the traffic conditions in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Area, the Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS) has made recommendations for immediate action plan that cost around Rs.190 crore.

The recommendations also call for removal or relocation of obstacles on certain stretches of the city, inculcating lane discipline among drivers and ensuring appropriate facility for pedestrians, to address the traffic problems faced in the city.

The CTS, taken up by LEA Associates South Asia on behalf of the HMDA has made these measures to provide relief in the short term and being less resource intensive.

This follows a detailed survey of five areas under Area Traffic Management (25 sq.km), seven corridors under Traffic Corridor Management (15 km), Improvement of Intersections (30), Traffic Improvement plan for MGBS, On Street parking facilities (six corridors), Off Street parking facilities (six locations) and pedestrian facilities (50 km of road stretch).

The immediate action plan makes it clear that for successful implementation of the recommended plans, it was essential to either remove or relocate obstructions created by utilities like statues (about 9), religious structures (about 10), electric poles (about 650), lamppost (about 140), transformers (about 14) and trees (about 411). It also documented some fuel filling stations being located very close to junctions at Tirumalgiri Government Recruitment centre, Neredmet and Balapur and described them as ‘not desirable at the junctions'. It was suggested that they may be considered for shifting to a place at least 100m from the intersections on the downstream side.

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