Finally, Sitaphalmandi ROB to be ready

Vital Link: Work is in full swing at Sitaphalmandi flyover on Thursday. —

Vital Link: Work is in full swing at Sitaphalmandi flyover on Thursday. —   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

GHMC to compensate property owners; religious structures to be relocated

HYDERABAD: A decade old saga might see a happy ending with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) finally taking some decisive steps to remove hurdles coming in the way of completing the long pending Sitaphalmandi Road Over Bridge (ROB).

And all it took was a few hours for the engineering and town planning wing to prepare cheques for structural compensation to the eight-odd property owners kept pending for no reason. Special Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu hustled his men into doing the job following an inspection to the work site.

“There was a delay on our part. A bit of coordination and interaction with the affected parties would have solved the problem long ago,” he sighed. While owners fell in line once cheques got ready, a few recalcitrant tenants were threatened with outright eviction and it worked. Alternate space has been provided for relocation of a few religious structures lying on the way for construction of retaining walls for the ramps on either side of the flyover and for constructing service roads.

Mr. Krishna Babu was surprised to learn that another property owner towards Chilkalguda side had obtained a stay order as the compensation cheque was issued on a different name. “The case was filed three months ago and our people had no clue,” he confessed. It also turned out that the owner was seeking extra floor space index only and it should not be a problem at all, he said.

Change in design from two lane to four lanes, first contractor abandoning work midway, second contractor playing truant over increased rates of cement and steel, delay in acquiring properties, etc., led to the flyover work going in fits and starts.

The 556 metre long, 12 metre bridge was initially to cost Rs 4 crore and final cost will be more than double, admit officials. It will connect Sitaphalmandi to Tarnaka on the EFLU/NIN side. For 10 years, commuters have been forced to take a detour via Jamai-Osmania, Warasiguda and Arts College to reach Tarnaka. “It should not take more than a month to get it ready,” promised Mr. Krishna Babu.

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