HYDERABAD: Bowing to the pressure from builders and land owners, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) officials are said to be actively considering construction of a link road from Navayuga SEZ, opposite the West Zone of GHMC, to Chandanagar railway station in Serilingampally, at an estimated cost of Rs 17.10 crore.
Though there are several other roads which are in want of urgent repairs, the authorities are leaning towards taking this up the link road work on a priority basis and have already placed a proposal before the standing committee for approval.
Normally, development of link roads is taken up to decongest thoroughfares and also reduce the distance between two destinations. Before taking up construction of any road, the traffic volume on the existing road and link road are taken into consideration. But the civic officials seen to have ignored these vital things before proposing the link road.
Sources said the proposed 2.3-km link road from GHMC office to Chandanagar does not serve any immediate purpose to commuters as the road ends abruptly at the railway station there.
The Mumbai highway and colonies of any reckoning are on the other side of the railway station. To connect the proposed road to the highway and residential colonies, a rail over bridge (ROB) across the tracks is required besides huge funds and approval from the South Central Railway. Secondly, the traffic volume on the University of Hyderabad (UOH) is not much to worry about calling for any decongestion measures. Moreover, the officials are not sure about the traffic that would use the proposed road to reach Chandanagar railway station. Interestingly, the GHMC officials, defying logic, have proposed a 150 ft (four lane) wide road by acquiring the land from private property owners. Many wonder who on earth need such a road at a place like that while arterial roads like SP Road, Kukatpally and Punjagutta are just about 150 ft wide.
There are allegations that the road is being proposed to benefit some realtors and property owners to increase their land values and also to construct big malls, multiplexes and hotels in near future.
GHMC authorities blame each other for the proposed link road. While the engineering wing (projects) officials say the proposal was moved by the town planning wing, the latter points fingers at the former. “The link road has been proposed keeping in view future needs and traffic volume though there is not enough traffic on the road as of now,” GHMC zonal commissioner (West Zone) Aleem Basha.
Meanwhile this is not first time the GHMC faced similar criticism in developing roads and even the authorities are facing vigilance and enforcement (V&E) inquiry.
The V&E department is probing into the road formed from north side of National Academy of Construciton (NAC) campus to rail under bridge connecting Kukatpally as part of COP 11 works. The wasteful expenditure was stopped in the midway after media criticism though about Rs 70 lakh was squandered on the fancy project.
Similarly, there was a hue and cry over the development of road abutting Annapurna studios at a cost of Rs 7.2 crore.
The road connects Krishnanagar junction via the film studio from Road No 2, Banjara Hills, by widening the road. The standing committee and the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department cleared the road a few months ago.