Hi-Tec City-Kukatpally rail over bridge to open soon

HYDERABAD: The much-delayed rail over bridge (RoB) between Hi-Tec City railway station and Kukatpally will be ready in a week. After completing the 120-metre railway track portion, finishing touches like painting, providing crash barriers, central median and street lighting are being provided by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).

HMDA metropolitan commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad, GHMC commissioner MT Krishna Babu and other officials inspected the ongoing works of the Hi-Tec City – Kukatpally ROB on Saturday. The commissioner said the bridge would be opened for traffic by mid-May.

The 910-metre long RoB starts at the Hi-Tec City railway station on the spinal road and connects Kukatpally Housing Board Phase IV. The RoB was proposed to ease traffic around Hi-Tec City. “Once the bridge is ready, it will not only ease congestion on the road, but also reduce travel time for those travelling to Cyber Towers,” officials said.

The officials said after HMDA cleared the proposal in 2006 and construction began in March 2007 with delivery slated for August 2008. However, due to delays, the cost of the RoB increased to Rs 47 crore from the originally proposed Rs 24.38 crore.

The officials said the main delay was due to various clearances from the Railway since the bridge is crossing the railway track and shifting of utilities like water and sewer lines also took time.

“After overcoming all the hitches, the bridge works have been completed and will be opened to public in May second week,” HMDA chief engineer V Madhwaraja said.