Work at the crucial Mind Space flyover in Hyderabad's Hitec city area, which is frequented by several thousand techies every day, is expected to be completed by August this year, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said.
GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy on Friday visited the spot and reviewed the ongoing construction work, which is being taken up as part of the Telangana government's Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP) to make certain congested junctions signal-free.
"The grade separators and at grade road works are taken up at Mind Space Junction as a part of SRDP-Package-IV. This junction has 4 lane bidirectional flyover and 6 lane bidirectional underpass with 3 lane service roads including utility ducts and drains," the GHMC said in a press release.
The municipal body pointed out that once this was completed, the junction would be signal free for traffic from Cyber towers to Bio Diversity on one side and Inorbit Mall to Radisson on the other side and vice-versa.
As far as the progress of the flyover work was concerned, the GHMC said that it was being constructed at a cost of Rs 48 crore with a length of 830 metres.
"All the foundations, pedestals, piers and pier caps are completed and super structure work is in progress. Erection of 84 PSC girders completed. Erection of 18 steel girders completed out of 42 and shuttering work for deck slab is in progress," the GHMC said.
The GHMC said that most of the work was in progress or completed but pointed out that work from Cyber Towers side to rotary junction was held up as a 600 mm water pipeline needed to be shifted.
Work from rotary junction to Inorbit Mall was also being held up due to the same reason.
"In all, the road works will be completed by the end of July 2018 and all the remaining components will be completed by the end of August 2018," the GHMC said.
The GHMC also said that the recently-inaugurated underpass was constructed with an estimated cost of 26.00 crore.
Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao had inaugurated the underpass in April this year, in a move that would provide major relief for several thousand techies who work in the area.
A survey conducted by the municipal body stated that around 14,400 vehicles passed the stretch every hour and the number of vehicles was expected to shoot up to 31,356 every hour by the year 2035.