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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:01 PM   #341
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As per the hindu paper news which came three weeks backs saying Launching of Girders is Schedule in the next 10 days if wheather permits is it this work is completed or not ?

Pl if any one having updates post it with photos more than six years to complete this project? Than how years it will take to complete Hyd Metro?
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Old December 1st, 2012, 11:12 AM   #342
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The Lokayukta directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation on Friday to erect speed-breakers on the Tank Bund and take other necessary measures to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

Taking up the case of the ghastly accident that had occurred more than a month ago in which a couple from West Bengal died, Lokayukta B Subhashan Reddy said, “The commissioner of GHMC is directed to see that Zebra lines are drawn on the Tank Bund Road at least at three places with speed-breakers on either of the said lines. The commissioner is also directed to instal blinkers.”

The Lokayukta went through the report of the additional commissioner of police, submitted on Thursday, which said that it was proposed to limit the speed of vehicles plying on the Tank Bund, which connects Hyderabad and Secunderabad, to a maximum of 30 km per hour.

He directed the GHMC to put up sign boards indicating the speed limit and 20 sign boards covering both sides of the Tank Bund from the Ambedkar statue to the Sailing Club Junction.

“But the maximum speed of 30 km per hour is also on the higher side and the limit could be reduced to between 20 and 25 kmph,’’ he said.

MEDICAL CARE FOR INJURED GIRL

Apart from the death of the couple in the accident involving an RTC bus, their children, Raka and Ritvika, suffered injuries.

After seeking the medical report of the injured girls from the superintendent of Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad, the Lokayukta observed that the condition of Raka was improving and there was no danger to her life but she had to be under medical care, including physiotherapy, for some more time to be able to stand on her feet.

“As this treatment can be safely given to her at the APSRTC Hospital, Tarnaka, the superintendent of Yashoda Hospital is permitted to discharge Raka in an ambulance to the RTC Hospital.

She shall be safely handed over and admitted to the RTC Hospital and all necessary treatment, including physiotherapy, be given to her without charging anything for medical treatment, nutrition or medicines,’’ Subhashan Reddy said and asked the Lokayukta registrar to get the daily medical report on Raka Som from the RTC Hospital and in case of any inadequacies, the same should be brought to his notice immediately.

RTC officials told the Lokayukta that they would settle all the medical expenses of Raka Som with the superintendent of Yashoda Hospital.

The Lok Ayukta appealed to the superintendent of Yashoda Hospital to scale down the billing as reasonable as possible and even may be on cost-to-cost basis on humanitarian grounds.

“This is not a general order which I am passing but passing it on humanitarian grounds in view of the peculiar facts and circumstances, which may not be a precedent in other cases of ordinary nature,” Reddy said, adding that the case involved a couple who came to Hyderabad with two adolescent girls, aged 13 and 17 years, and met with an accident while sightseeing on the Tank Bund.

“I had taken up this case suo motu because of the above circumstances where the intervention of Lokayukta was necessary to save the life of Raka Som, who is just 17 or 18 years old, and has got a lot of life to lead,’’ he said.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 12:18 PM   #343
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They should build FOB or FUBs for pedestrians, not add speedbreakers to the road, it is a major NH road not a colony lane
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Old December 1st, 2012, 12:31 PM   #344
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Source: Despite its popularity, Tank Bund is proving to be a challenge for the traffic managers. Officials argue that constructing a FoB is not a possibility on the bund as it may not bear that burden; also a FoB would prove to be an obstacle for Ganesh idols during the annual immersion procession. But even if such a bridge is planned, there is a need to build at least two of them to be of proper use, a senior police official said.

“There is also a demand for providing road dividers as they will remove the possibility of accidents. But these dividers too will prove to be a problem during Ganesh idol procession,” he maintained.

Problems with FOBs
Bund structure cannot support heavy FOBs and amenities like escalators and lifts.
Will obstruct annual Ganesh Idol immersion procession.
An enclosed FOB could turn into a haunt for antisocial elements during evenings and nights.
Could prove to be a security threat if open FOB structures are constructed.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 01:46 PM   #345
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Yes I have read that article too, if FOB is a problem then 2 foot-under bridges (FUBs) can be constructed. That wouldnt hamper the Nimarjan. The only reason they have against under bridges is that it would attract anti-social elements during nights & evenings. That wouldnt happen if there is sufficient lightning & perhaps someone deployed inside. Of course they can close it after 10:00 pm or so
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Old December 1st, 2012, 02:05 PM   #346
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GHMC officials go on holiday to help Hyderabad pedestrians!

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In a City where pedestrians constitute 38 per cent of total traffic,there is a need to improve footpaths and cycle paths.

GHMC engineers had more than they could digest on their plates during the workshop on ‘Capacity Building on Foot*paths and Cycling Infrast*ructure’ in the City on Thursday.

Often criticised by the commissioner for constructing footpaths ‘unscientifically’, the engineers were given tips from experiments in other cities, like Delhi. Resource persons included architects who transformed footpaths in the capital, making them on par with those in developed countries.

With around 40 to 50 per cent road accidents in the City involving pedestrians, concerned officials, including additional commissioner (traffic) CV Anand, submitted reports to the GHMC, prompting it to take some serious steps.

Engineers responsible for changing the face of footpaths and cycling tracks on some of Delhi’s main roads explained how designs could be made to accommodate various hurdles. According to Dr Anvita Arora, director and CEO, Innovative Transport Solutions (iTrans) Private Limited, there must be a major change in attitude towards those who utilise non-motorised transport (pedestrians and bicycle users). “As long as cyclists and pedestrians are treated as second rate and are not taken seriously, things won’t change,” she noted.

In Hyderabad, pedestrians account for 38 per cent of all traffic, as compared to car users, who account for only two per cent. “Until there is zero tolerance for accidents among people, the issue cannot be seriously understood,” she said. Acknowledging the conflict areas for road users, the researcher pointed out that there was an ‘engineering solution’ for each hurdle.

An important aspect that resource persons focused on was ‘accommodation’ of hawkers. They advocated providing spaces for the hawkers instead of driving them away from the footpaths. “As a place like a bus stop is a market for a hawker, he would return even after being driven away. The only solution would be to allocate a small space for the hawkers and control their numbers,” was the sentiment echoed by most of the resource persons.

Sandeep Gandhi, sole proprietor and principle architect of SG Gandhi, gave a detailed presentation on constructing footpath without any obstructions, using ‘kerb ramps’. The kerb ramps, which provides a link to footpaths and roads, will allow property owners to move in and out in their vehicles. This will provide a smooth runway for vehicles and a walkway for pedestrians. The ‘table top’ crossing would provide pedestrians an elevated passageway on the road, connecting both sides of footpaths.

“The footpath must be constructed in such a way that even a blind man should be able to walk without a hitch,” said Anjali Agarwal, executive director and access consultant, Samarthyam. According to her, tiles used for footpaths must be able to guide and warn visually challenged pedestrians. She elaborated on some success stories in Delhi, where visually impaired people are availing the footpaths.

Romi Roy, senior urban designer, Delhi Development Authority, emphasised the need for constructing roads and footpaths like an architect does for the building, keeping various aspects in view.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 02:11 PM   #347
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Nice pic from Postnoon:

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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:18 PM   #348
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GHMC officials go on holiday to help Hyderabad pedestrians!

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Very true.
Committees after committes, meetings, discussions, foreign trips....ultimate output would be nil!
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 11:19 AM   #349
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HYDERABAD: To make the city pedestrian-friendly, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has taken up an accessibility and walkability audit of Road No. 36 Jubilee Hills, and Kavuri Hill junction on Saturday.

The GHMC engineering wing along with experts from Delhi conducted the audit to analyse the existing issues and problems faced by pedestrians on these stretches. The audit team critically looked at crossings, junctions, footpaths, footpath surface, refuge areas and the refurbishments undertaken to make the area pedestrian-friendly.

Anjlee Agarwal and D Chakravarti of Samarthyam and Suresh Raju from Vaada Foundation undertook the audit and a report would be prepared based on the observations and photos. The audit team will also prepare a comprehensive report based on UTTIPEC street design guidelines for the GHMC commissioner for implementing further steps. This pilot project would also help in retrofitting other corridors of Hyderabad, an official release said.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 01:42 PM   #350
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Slow pace of work at Azampura RuB irks locals

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STILL UNDER WAY:Another lane of the railway bridge completed at Azampura near Malakpet railway station in old city.— PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA

Railways in coordination with GHMC is constructing a parallel vent beside the existing one

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The slow pace of works at Azampura road-under-bridge (RuB) is not going well with the road users and local residents.

The railways in coordination with GHMC authorities are constructing a parallel vent beside the existing one to ease the flow of traffic.Though the works started in May last year and were supposed to be completed in a period of one year, till date not even half of the work is complete, alleges Azampura corporator, Amjedullah Khan.

He blames the railways for delaying the work.

As part of the RuB, the railway authorities have to undertake the work of laying a vent while the GHMC will lay approach roads for it from both sides.
The GHMC had planned to acquire nine properties and take up road widening works on both sides of the new vents.Also, a slab is to be laid on the nala and a parapet wall constructed along with a portion of a park.

However, the authorities have not acquired all the houses nor have they started the process of laying a slab on the nala.

The GHMC authorities are waiting for the railways to complete their portion of the work and this would take not less than three months, Azampura corporator says.Due to the delay, long traffic jams are witnessed near the bridge.
We will need this RuB for traffic diversion during Metro construction.
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 03:57 AM   #351
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There was news in Eenadu 2 days back that JP has asked GHMC officials to finish hitec city flyover by Jan.

the pace at which it is going, don't think they will finish this month end, may be next month......not sure why they re dragging this project so long. Cost of this flyover now stands at 62 crores, apparently it was 27 crores in 2007 when it was started!
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Old December 3rd, 2012, 07:17 AM   #352
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Parking woes galore in offices and apartments

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Each time someone talks about road congestion, authorities are quick to blame wrong parking as the main reason. But most of the motorists have a simple question — where is the space for them to park their vehicles?

Most of the government buildings and commercial establishments in the city do not have adequate parking facilities to cater to their visitors. That is not all; even apartments do not provide parking space for visitors compelling them to park their vehicles on roadsides leading to frequent ‘skirmishes’.

According to rules, all buildings in the city should provide 40 per cent of their built-up area for parking and allow space even for visitor’s vehicles. However, this rule is being flouted in almost all buildings.

“Authorities are conducting raids and special drives to ‘curb’ the habit of wrong parking. But they should first provide proper parking space before launching such drives,” G. Bala Krishna, a motorist complains. How can police think of launching a drive against wrong parking when even the Police Commissioner’s office does not have parking facilities for visitors, forcing them to park on road, he questions.

While some government offices and most residential complexes do not have parking areas for visitors, the situation is even worse when it comes to commercial establishments. Though the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has identified as many as 195 establishments in the city without parking facilities in the year 2010, no action has been taken and the situation remains the same even now.

But even those with a modicum of parking area have started charging hefty fees. “Most glitzy malls and shopping avenues charge anywhere between Rs. 20 to Rs. 100 as parking charges for both two-wheelers and four-wheelers. Why should we pay such a hefty parking fee?” another motorist questions.
Where exactly is this road being constructed?

Bhageerathi Lake road work halted

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The road work taken up by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation's (GHMC) near Bhageerathi Lake in Nanakramguda were halted with local activists approaching Lok Ayukta against it.

The construction of the 100-metre road, from Nanakramguda main road to the STP (Sewerage Treatment Plant) of the Bhageeradhi Lake, was taken up about 10 days ago.

However, activists alleged that the construction of the road was only to provide better accessibility to the Ramanaidu Studios since one of their family members was getting married at the studio soon.

"There are many areas and localities in the city which need good roads. Instead of focusing on that, the GHMC is spending Rs 28 lakhs for this road which would not be used by anyone except by the visitors to the studio." Thakur Rajkumar Singh, convenor, SOUL (Save Our Urban Lakes), who had filed the case at Lok Ayukta said.

He further pointed out that GHMC had started the construction of this road without even intimating the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Severage Board (HMWS&SB) as the road was to come up near sewerage treatment plant, which is managed by the board. The activists alleged that the construction was against the environmental norms as it was being laid inside the full tank level of the Bhageeradhi lake.

However, the concerned GHMC officials were unfazed by the criticism but admitted that in view of recent development the work has been stopped.

"We are laying the road for the sewerage treatment plant only. The construction of the road is not inside the lake vicinity and does not flout any norms," Aleem Basha, the zonal commissioner, west zone, GHMC said. "But presently the work has been stopped," Basha added.
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Old December 4th, 2012, 06:22 AM   #353
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Currently, Tenders were being called for 2 more Flyovers @ Tolichowk (38.91 cr; 6 Lane)and Balanagar-Narsapur Junction(60-65 cr, 6Lane, Underpass also being part of this flyover. Also planning underway for Amberpet flyover.
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It is good to see that upcoming flyovers will be 6-lane
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Jubilee Hills, road no.36: The most dangerous places for pedestrians

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A team of experts from Delhi, visited the arterial road and described it as one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the City.

Shattering myth that a posh locality like Jubilee Hills is a well-cared for area with clean surroundings, a team of Delhi experts in capacity building, that visited Road No 36 described it as one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the City.

“The continuous flow of traffic at Kavuri Hills junction, without any signal, rarely allows anyone to cross the road,” says Anjlee Agarwal, one of the resource people invited by GHMC for capacity building in the City. Footpaths laid are not usable by pedestrians for various reasons like unwarranted height, unruly ramps made by residents along the road, encroached by bus stops, improper manholes, cutting of footpaths by property owners, electric transformers placed on footpaths and lack of street lightning. Lack of proper

signaling system at crossings and dearth of public toilets dissuade people from walking. Hence more motors on road and more pollution.

National Transport Urban Policy (NTUP) of 2006, emphasises the theme, ‘make people move and not vehicles’. But Road No 36 in Jubilee Hills is the place where a pedestrian is considered to be a nuisance with arrogant drivers accelerating at crossings where police are either absent or look the other way, resource people observed.

The Kavuri Hills junction is one such place where there zebra crossings are marked on only two sides, while there is no signal and a median refuge is of no use. One of the experts remarked the road invited murder.

Anjlee Agarwal, executive director, Samarthyam, along with her teammates representing various organisations is on a road capacity building visit to Hyderabad. She was instrumental in transforming the way pedestrians in Delhi were treated.

Now the pedestrians have more space to breathe and walk in many stretches in the national capital. She hopes that Hyderabadis too can get a similar respite in the coming years, if issue is taken seriously by government as well as by the public.

The City’s civic body is lacking architects and urban planners, who should be guiding the GHMC in planning the structures, which would enhance traffic system. The most important component of traffic planning is pedestrians. According to her, the problem faced by Delhi a few years ago was similar and it overcame the handicap to a large extent. Implementation and enforcement are the most important aspects after the civic body considers situational analysis. But when the planning (blue print) itself is improper every stage of development would be in a mess.

Unlike the general perception of removing hawkers from roadsides, the team members advocate accommodation of these petty businessmen at designated places. As these hawkers are termed as ‘eye on the streets’, she asks the authorities to allow them in places like Jubilee Hills. “It is but these people who help others, if something untoward happens on the roadside,” she points out.

If the Accessibility and Walkability Audit at Jubilee Hills is taken seriously by the GHMC officials and necessary initiatives are taken as part of improving the conditions, the team from Delhi is considering proposing a cell in Hyderabad on par with Unified Traffic & Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) of Delhi. The Centre formed during the Common Wealth Games has all the stakeholders and powerful enough to approve or reject projects. “If formed, the cell would coordinate with all the departments, including Metro Rail and will have statutory powers for which a mass awareness campaign is needed,” Anjlee says.
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Slow pace of work at Azampura RuB irks locals

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STILL UNDER WAY:Another lane of the railway bridge completed at Azampura near Malakpet railway station in old city.— PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA

Railways in coordination with GHMC is constructing a parallel vent beside the existing one



We will need this RuB for traffic diversion during Metro construction.

Yes this will be a critical link in de-congesting the malkpet to chaderghat road.
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Dont think so, Nalgonda crossing is congested mostly due to heavy vehicles, RTC buses using NH. These vehicles cannot use this link due to height constraints. But still it will be useful for two-wheelers and colony residents
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Water pipeline bursts at Keshavguda

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The Hindu The scene on the main road from ECIL crossroads to A.S. Rao Nagar after the road caved in following a water pipeline burst, in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Photo: G.Ramakrishna

An old water pipeline burst at Keshavguda near ECIL in the early hours of Tuesday resulting in traffic disruption and loss of water. The asbestos cement pipeline of less than two feet diameter broke at the joints when a heavy truck carrying cement bags passed over it around 4 a.m.

Distribution line

The distribution line which carries Manjeera water from Sainikpuri reservoir to Moula Ali made bulk supplies to ECIL, DA colony and Cherlapally village.

Repair works

Though residents said copious amount of water gushed out as the pipeline broke, Water Board officials said it was not more than 660 kl. The supply line was immediately shut down, but the Water Board could not take up repair works straight away as the traffic police did not permit. The Board engineers were told to carry out the repairs during night when the traffic would be thin.
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At one point there was a proposal to connect Manikonda to Film Nagar with a Four Lane road along Shaikpet Nala. The project started from the Jubilee Hills side and then stopped half way. Anyone has any updates on this road project?
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At one point there was a proposal to connect Manikonda to Film Nagar with a Four Lane road along Shaikpet Nala. The project started from the Jubilee Hills side and then stopped half way. Anyone has any updates on this road project?
This is the radial road no 5 which is being considered now, right? Is a flyover or underpass proposed for crossing the Old Bombay Road?
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