ANDHRA PRADESH

Flyover to ease traffic on MJ Market road

HYDERABAD, OCT. 7. Road users can now look forward to a smooth ride on the busy Moazamjahi Market stretch. The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) has decided to build a flyover to address the traffic problems here. This is in addition to the five flyovers the corporation has been asked to build at Chandrayangutta, RTC crossroads, Nalgonda chowrasta, Rajiv Gandhi Statue and Greenlands.

635 metres in length

The M.J. Market flyover is not included in the GO issued by the Government. The Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, is stated to have asked the MCH to go ahead with the new proposal at a recent review meeting. The MCH has already prepared tentative design for the 635 metre- long flyover expected to cost Rs. 17 crores. One arm of the flyover will start before the Ramakrishna Theatre and the other at Seena Bakery near the petrol bunk. "It will be a straight flyover to bypass the busy intersection at the M.J. Market," said the MCH Commissioner, Chitra Ramchandran.

No connection

The MCH has decided against connecting the flyover with the Gandhi Bhavan-Jambagh road, as it is a Metro rail corridor like Panjagutta and RTC crossroads. "Whenever the Metro rail project comes up the flyover will not be a hindrance," said N. V. S. Reddy, Additional Commissioner, Traffic and Transport, MCH.

Topography surveys

Meanwhile, the MCH has completed topography surveys and traffic validation studies for all the five flyovers. It has now taken up geo-technical investigations to find out the condition of the soil for foundation designing. Identification and mapping of utilities is also completed so as to minimise inconvenience. Based on this data feasibility reports would be prepared for each flyover. All these things are being taken up as a parallel process to save time. "By first quarter of next year work on the flyovers will start and will be completed by December next," Ms. Ramchandran said.

Financial tie-up

She said the MCH had commenced the process of appointing consultants, pre-qualification of contractors and tenders. The next step would be to go for financial tie up. Raising Rs. 100 crores for the project would not be a problem because of the double A plus rating enjoyed by the MCH, she said.