Widening of MG Road may take six more months

MOTORISTS' NIGHTMARE: The stretch of MG Road near Benz Circle where work on storm water drain is under way. - PHOTO: RAJU V.

MOTORISTS' NIGHTMARE: The stretch of MG Road near Benz Circle where work on storm water drain is under way. - PHOTO: RAJU V.  

K. Srimali

Flurry of activity, including road-cutting, on the cards

VIJAYAWADA: It may take six more months before the widened portions of Mahatma Gandhi Road from Benz Circle to Raghavaiah Park become fully useful to motorists and pedestrians.

Reason: Much road cutting and construction activity is on the cards from the side of the VMC as well as the Roads & Buildings Department. Going by the not-so-encouraging speed at which the re-laying of storm water drains, taken up by the VMC, is progressing now, other activities in the pipeline may take even longer.

The re-laying of drains in the widened portions of the road is far from complete. The completed work in each stretch ranges between 20 per cent and 70 per cent.

Progress of work

From Hotel Fortune Murali Park to Benz Circle, only 20 per cent of the work has been completed, while it is 30 per cent from Veterinary Hospital to Nandamuri Veedhi. On the opposite side, from Veterinary Hospital to Hotel Fortune Murali Park, only 40 per cent of the work is complete.

But the two stretches from Nandamuri Veedhi to Benz Circle and from Veterinary Hospital to Municipal Guest House at the Ranga Statue junction have seen satisfactory progress, with the first one getting completed up to 60 per cent and the second one up to 70 per cent.

Even an outfall drain planned from Museum Road through the Municipal Guest House premises, at a cost of Rs.13 lakhs, has been completed to an extent of 70 per cent.

Once the VMC completes the re-laying of drains, the R&B department will come into picture to cover them with concrete slabs for preparing the pavements. Before that, the Southern Power Distribution Company Limited will also have to complete the process of shifting electric poles.

But VMC officials have some other ideas as well. Even as drain work is in progress, they have called for tenders to take up work of underground drainage system for colonies abutting Mahatma Gandhi Road at a cost of Rs.2 crores. They also want to lay new distribution main lines for drinking water, which will cost Rs.4 crores. Tenders have been called for this project too.

All this means that MG Road will continue to see a flurry of road-cutting and construction activity for at least another six months before it is re-carpeted and thrown open to public use.

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