Hyderabad on cusp of a major infrastructure leap

The Medchal Interchange of Outer Ring Road which was thrown open to public on Tuesday. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao inaugurated the road. — Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: An Expressway over River Musi, an extension of the Hyderabad Metro Rail from LB Nagar to Ameerpet within two months and later from Falaknuma to the Hyderabad International Airport – Hyderabad’s infrastructure sector is on the cusp of a major leap. These, along with proposal for beautification of 40 lakes, were among the developmental works that Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao talked about on Tuesday after throwing open yet another underpass to decongest city traffic, this time at Chintalkunta of LB Nagar, and after inaugurating the much-awaited Medchal Interchange of the Outer Ring Road.

Stating that the State government was waiting for environmental clearance to take up the River Musi Expressway on priority, the Minister said the LB Nagar-Ameerpet stretch of the Hyderabad Metro Rail would be inaugurated in two months. The Expressway would be apart from the Musi beautification works to be taken up at a cost of over Rs 1,700 crore and the various development projects worth a staggering Rs 7,000 crore that is in progress across the city.

The Chintalkunta underpass, constructed under the Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP) at a cost of Rs 18.70 crore, is the third such facility after the recently opened underpasses at Ayyappa Society and Mind Space junctions. The Rs 125 crore Medchal Interchange of the ORR at Kandlakoya meant that the entire 158 kilometre-stretch of the ORR is now open to traffic. Rao, who drove his official car along the newly laid road, also said the 24.38 km-stretch of the ORR from Gachibowli to Shamshabad has been illuminated with LED lights at a cost of Rs 30 crore. The State government has also identified 35 radial roads, 19 of which have been completed, from the Inner Ring Road to the ORR for smooth movement of traffic.

The Minister, who said, 52 major junctions in the city were identified to be developed as signal free junctions, said works worth over Rs 3,000 crore were being taken up in the limits of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation under the Strategic Road Development Plan. The beautification of 40 lakes in GHMC and HMDA limits at a cost of Rs 541 crore was a phase I, with the project to later cover 185 lakes. Rao, who said construction of one lakh 2BHK houses in GHMC limits would be completed by March 2019, later reviewed arrangements for the foundation laying of the Uppal flyover on May 5.