Hyderabad: It is not just decades-old roads that are being widened for the metro rail project, a road developed in the late nineties will also be widened for the over Rs 12,000-crore project. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to widen the Madhapur main road (Kavuri Hills to Hi-Tec City) to 120 feet from the existing 80 feet. While revenue authorities had already issued land acquisition notification, the acquisition process is likely to begin soon.
GHMC officials said as many as 120 properties would get affected on the two-km stretch. While some properties are likely to get partially affected, some will be bulldozed completely for road expansion.
Widening of the road has been proposed by the corporation as the metro rail corridor III i.e., Nagole to Shilparamam passes through this road from Road No. 36, Kavuri Hills and Madhapur up to Shilparamam. For the metro rail route, the minimum road width required is 100 ft. The road up to Road No 36, Jubilee Hills has already been widened to 100 ft a few years ago and the Madhapur main road is just 80 ft now. The civic body needs another 20 ft for the metro rail, while another 20 ft for service roads.
The officials said when the master plan for the Cyberabad Development Area was prepared by the erstwhile Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (now Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority) in 2002, the road width proposed was 120 ft. However, it was not widened as there was no immediate requirement.
GHMC town planning officials said the road would be widened now to 120 ft wide due to requirement for the metro rail project, including service roads on either side. “As of now, the GHMC is concentrating on critical stretches like Musheerabad-Chikkadpally road and other important stretches. The Madhapur main road widening exercise will be taken up later though the land acquisition notification has been issued,” GHMC additional commissioner (planning) K Dhananjaya Reddy told TOI.
The GHMC and Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited have identified nine kms of narrow road stretches for immediate road widening for smooth implementation of the metro rail project. The stretches include Sultan Bazaar, Jambagh road, Nalgonda Crossroads, Musheerabad road, Kachiguda Crossroads, Greenlands to Ameerpet, Sarathi Studios to Yousufguda checkpost, Yousufguda checkpost to Road No. 1, Jubilee Hills via Krishna Nagar and Road No. 5, Jubilee Hills.
The GHMC officials said as many as 1,262 properties would get affected, partly in most cases, for road widening on the three metro corridors. Of these, process for acquisition of around 600 properties is on. Recently, the state government has issued a GO to acquire 140 government vested municipal (GVM) properties on which private buildings like small houses, shops etc had come up. A committee was also appointed to fix land and structural compensation to the outstees. TOI