City roads will soon see heavy traffic jams caused by Metro rail construction activity. This is due to the delay in HMRL and GHMC authorities taking up the development of optional routes suggested by the city police. Traffic consultants cautioned that if the construction activity along Metro rail corridors goes on without improving alternative routes, there will be severe inconvenience to road users. The congested Panjagutta-Miyapur segment will be most hit, as eight metres of the existing stretch will be cordoned off for construction. The carriageway will be narrowed, making commuting almost impossible.
At least eight alternative routes are proposed to be developed in Panjagutta-Miyapur segment of Corridor-1 and Nagole-Mettuguda segment of Corridor-3 as part of the traffic management action plan to minimize inconvenience during the construction activities. The stretch from Miyapur to Panjagutta is 13.44 km long, covering busy areas like JNTU, KPHB, Kukatpally, Balanagar, Moosapet, Bharatnagar, Erragadda, ESI Hospital, SR Nagar, Ameerpet and Panjagutta. Traffic consultants and city police have proposed three alternative routes: Miyapur to Moosapet, ESI to Srinagar Colony and Panjagutta to Khairatabad.
In Corridor 3 from Nagole to Mettuguda in the 7.5 km stretch that passes via Uppal, NGRI, Habsiguda, Tarnaka and Lalaguda, around five alternative routes have been proposed. Nagole road to Uppal Main Road, Tarnaka to Bhoiguda, Tarnaka to Mettuguda, Habsiguda to Tarnaka, Uppal Main road to NH 202 are to be improved. Upgradation of road surface to BT road, installation of street lights, removal of temporary structures, restriction on street parking, translocation of trees and removal of encroachments have not been taken up yet.
Says the HMRL MD Mr N.V.S. Reddy, “We are going to take up junction improvement, drainage work and alternative route development. Once the monsoon is over, we will take up full-scale work. We have a strategy for traffic management. We are co-ordinating with GHMC, HMDA and CPDCL on the matter and 3 joint inspections have been conducted.” Deccan Chronicle