G.V. Prasada Sarma
Subway part of Pendurthy-NAD Kotta Road-Dwarakanagar corridor of BRTS
The 400-m subway will have three arms
The other corridor for BRTS is Vepagunta-Simhachlam-Mudarsarlova
VISAKHAPATNAM: Even as the work on the flyover between Vemana Mandiram and DRM’s Office has been going on briskly, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation officials are preparing themselves to take up work on the subway that is part of it.
Both the flyover and the subway are taken up as a part of the Pendurthy-NAD Kotta Road-Dwarakanagar corridor of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) that is launched to provide quick and efficient transport to the citizens. The BRTS is taken up two corridors, the other being Vepagunta-Simhachlam-Mudarsarlova, at a total cost of Rs.461 crores under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.
The 400 m sub-way will have three arms stretching from near the GVMC office to near the Rama Talkies. One arm from the RTC Bus Station exit gate will join it. The subway will be one-way with vehicular traffic from Jagadamba direction passing through it to reach Rama Talkies Junction. It will be of 7.5 m width and is not meant for pedestrians.
“We will have discussions with the APSRTC officials and the DCP (Traffic) on (traffic) diversion before we launch work on the subway,” says an official. Right now designs and plans are being prepared. Officials foresee no problem even if the work is started as a number of roads can be used to reach the Municipal Office. Buses will most probably be diverted via VIP Road and Siripuram.
Meanwhile the work on the 1.1-km flyover is going on well with 16 piers completed.
The foundation for the first abutment (one end of the flyover) is completed and for another and the 18th pier is under progress.
The amount so far spent on the Rs.61 crore estimated cost of the flyover and subway is Rs.11 crores, according to sources.
To avoid confusion for road-users, authorities plan to put up visibly big sign boards on traffic diversion for the flyover work.