Hyderabad, Jan 3 (IANS) Taking the first step towards redesigning the entire road network in Hyderabad, the Telangana government on Sunday laid the foundation stone for multi-level flyovers at three places in the city.
State Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao laid the foundation stone for the multi-level flyovers under the Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP) at K.B.R. Park in Banjara Hills and at Mindspace and Rajiv Park in Hitec City.
Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali and other state ministers attended the foundation stone laying ceremony.
Tarakarama Rao, the son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, said multi-level flyovers and skywalks like those in cities across the world would be built in Hyderabad in three years at a cost of over Rs.20,000 crore.
“We will go ahead with the major plan for road improvement with or without anybody’s help,” he said in an oblique reference to the central government.
He said the SRDP was prepared to meet the growing requirements of the city, which has a population of over one crore.
Under the plan, multi-level flyovers, skywalks and signal-less junctions will be developed at 54 places in the city.
Under the first phase, 50 flyovers will be built at 18 junctions at a cost of Rs.1,096.71 crore
At three places where foundation stone was laid on Sunday, 26 flyovers will be developed at 10 junctions at a cost of Rs.886 crore.
Around the sprawling K.B.R. Park, which connects the posh Banjara Hills and Jubliee Hills to the Hitec City, multi-level flyovers will be constructed at six junctions at an estimated cost of Rs.510 crore.
The TRS government laid the foundation stone for the mega project with an eye on the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), likely to be held this month.
On the occasion, Dattatreya — who is the Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad — said Hyderabad would become the No.1 state capital in the country.