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Full-fledged Greenlands flyover opened

Relief at last?: Road users on the finished section of the Greenlands flyover drive smoothly after it was formally opened to traffic on Sunday. -

Relief at last?: Road users on the finished section of the Greenlands flyover drive smoothly after it was formally opened to traffic on Sunday. -   | Photo Credit: Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Hopefully vehicle users can now look forward to a hassle-free ride

HYDERABAD: This time the GHMC stuck to its promise and opened the complete Greenlands flyover here on Sunday evening. And perhaps symbolising the importance of providing a hassle free ride on the stretch, the first vehicle allowed to pass was an ambulance on an emergency duty.

GHMC Commissioner S.P. Singh, Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao, Additional Commissioner (Traffic) N.V. Surendra Babu, Engineering-in-Chief P. Panduranga Rao, Chief Engineer Dhan Singh and other officials participated in the informal opening of the 100 metre stretch atop the railway tracks.

With this, the municipal corporation has finished work on all the four modern flyovers with the others at Punjagutta, Chandrayanagutta and Nalgonda crossroads taken up three years ago.

‘Tough task’

Unexpectedly, the Greenlands project took most time because it had to face “tough engineering challenges” of convincing the railway engineers to allow work on their tracks, shifting of water and sewerage pipelines, high tension power lines, acquisition of properties including religious structures, etc. The cost of the 1.1 km flyover built with 120 pre-stressed girders too shot up by about Rs. 4.64 crore from the initial estimate of Rs. 13.36 crore as it took three years to build it. Along with the project management consultancy charges, the expenditure was Rs. 18.42 crore. It has been designed to reduce congestion at the Greenlands junction where the daily traffic is 2.14 lakh vehicles and peak hour volume being 17,026 vehicles. This ‘grade separator’ would reduce the “65 per cent” conflict movements of traffic, claim officials as it was in the VIP corridor. By joining it with the existing road over bridge, a six lane carriageway has been provided. For a uniform three lane carriageway on each side, the GHMC is still to realign the present road divider both on the flyover and also subsequently the one on the Begumpet road. Officials said the work would be taken up after holding talks with the railway authorities.

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