Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao on Friday laid foundation for a three-km long flyover covering the Botanical Garden, Kothaguda and Kondapur junctions.
Speaking on the occasion, he appealed to the people to bear with the temporary inconvenience being caused in view of the different development works being taken up in the city. He said that the State Government’s aims to strengthen the public transport modes in the city.
He said when compared to Mumbai, Hyderabadis lagged behind in utilizing public transport facilities. In Mumbai, nearly 70% people use trains and buses for transportation while 30% rely on private transportation. On the contrary, in Hyderabad, 70% travel in private vehicles and only 30% use public transport.
This is not only creating traffic issues, but also increasing pollution levels in the city, he said.
He informed that nearly 80,000 passengers are traveling on Metro trains every day on the 30 km stretch from Nagole to Miyapur. Once all the Metro routes become operational, about 14 lakh passengers are expected to travel on the Hyderabad Metro every day.
This apart, MMTS phase II works were also being expedited. The State Government has sanctioned the requisite funds for taking up the works, he added.
Apart from the three-km flyover, a 470-metre underpass is also being constructed at Kothaguda Junction to facilitate traffic flow from Allwyn Crossroads towards Gachibowli. All these works are being taken up at a cost of Rs. 263 crore.
Transport Minister Mahender Reddy, GHMC Mayor Dr. B. Rammohan, MLA A. Gandhi, GHMC Commissioner Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy and other senior officials from departments participated in the function. (INN)