Shaikpet's longest flyover, which is being built as part of the city's Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP), is expected to be finished and open for traffic by the end of the year. After the PV Narasimha Rao Expressway, this 2.8-kilometer-long flyover will be the city's second-longest such facility. With the increasing pace of development in Hyderabad, the work on the flyover is progressing quickly.
The flyover is said to be 2.8 km long, 24m wide, and equipped with six lanes. Built at an estimated cost of Rs 333.55 crore as part of the State government's ambitious SRDP project, aims at solving traffic-related issues and long queue traffic disturbing locals. The flyover will be all set in the next few months, quoted by the in charge of the project, GHMC. With over 90% of the flyover work completed as of today, it will be ready for use by December, expressed a GHMC official.
The flyover, in addition to providing a more comfortable drive, is expected to reduce traffic congestion on the Mehdipatnam-Gachibowli highway. The route of flyover departs from Tolichowki, near the former Galaxy Theatre, and arrives at Malkam Cheruvu after passing through OU Colony, Shaikpet, and Whisper Valley. These areas have long had issues with vehicular movement, with complaints of traffic snarls and increased commuting time disturbing the lifestyle of locals.
While the project began in 2018, there existed a delay in construction due to land acquisition issues; however, the GHMC used the lockdown period last year and again this year, and was able to complete several works. Another factor is that the following project will help commuters avoid the congested junctions along this stretch by flying over Film Nagar, Seven Tombs, Whisper Valley, and the COU colony.
With only six slabs left to set, aside from lighting and crash barriers, the flyover development is proceeding at a rapid speed.