Hyderabad: Responding to a tough goal set by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to develop a world class end-to-end sidewalk/footpath and convert Road No.36, Jubilee Hills into a ‘High Street’, HMRL built a 5 km continuous stretch of designer sidewalk/footpath from Jubilee Hills check post to Cyber Towers.
Maintaining a uniform carriage way of 3 to 4 lanes, HMRL demolished/removed the illegal structures constructed by many posh buildings and shop owners who violated the building permissions, and then carved out sidewalks and quality public space ranging from 8 ft. to 22 ft.
with specially made designer tiles, paver blocks etc., stated MD, HMRL Mr NVS Reddy. Wherever possible, planter boxes were created, with shade giving trees and ornamental plants.
Bus bays, auto bays, e-vehicle bays, parking areas and safety railings are also being systematically added in consultation with TSRTC, Traffic Police and GHMC officials without disturbance to the main carriage way, he mentioned.
To tackle the challenge of building a seamless sidewalk/footpath in an undulating terrain and with multiple entry/exit points of shopping complexes and residential buildings, the sidewalk was dipped at the entry/exit points of the buildings and thus continuity was maintained.
Further, to prevent parking of two wheelers and four wheelers on the side walk, aesthetic bollards were placed on both sides of dipped areas. To address the water stagnation problem during monsoon period, several cross drains and other storm water drains were constructed/revived by HMRL, removing the illegal structures built over the existing storm water drains.
Saucer drains were also built between the newly laid footpath and the edge of the road for the first time in Hyderabad city and these saucer drains were in turn connected to the newly laid/revived storm water drains. This drainage system worked perfectly well in the recent rains, stated NVS Reddy.
Stretching over 5 km on each side of Road No.36 from Jubilee Hills Check-post to Cyber Towers, a seamlessly walkable quality public space of 2.56 lac sft was created at a cost of about Rs.5 crore and this amount would be recovered from monetization of the stretch, by allowing a limited number of kiosks, advertisements boards etc., in dead spaces and in wider areas, stated NVS Reddy.
Appreciating the high quality of the facilities, Municipal Minister K.T. Rama Rao directed HMRL and HRDCL to convert this road and other Metro corridors into model roads. He also directed GHMC to undertake similar developments in the other parts of the city. (INN)