Stung by a recent report on poor maintenance of the PVNR elevated expressway, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has decided to hand over the upkeep of the country’s longest flyover to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, in its recent report, has exposed poor maintenance of the carriageway and pointed out accumulation of dirt along the edges of the carriageway. “We have approached GHMC authorities and discussed the road safety audit report submitted by NIT, Warangal. The GHMC has agreed to take up sweeping activity on the 11.5-km expressway, but they will do it once in five days only. They will deploy sweeping machines instead of manual sweeping,” a senior HMDA engineering official told STOI.
The HMDA has displayed signboards at both ends and exit/entry points at ramps of the expressway indicating ban on two-wheelers. It also made a request to police to carry on round-the-clock patrolling, the official added.
“We trimmed tree branches at Lakshmi Nagar. According to the NIT’s report, the ‘men at work’ signboards might force road-users to reduce speed. We have removed them and made the way clear and visible to the road-users. The damaged electrical poles were also removed on the 11-km stretch,” the official said.
Regarding installation of noise barriers to reduce noise pollution on people along the expressway, the HMDA would invite tenders soon. As there are 340 streetlights on the PVNR Expressway, the CPDCL would take care of the streetlight maintenance. “Once the entire structure is completed, then the HMDA will handover the expressway to GHMC,” the engineering official said.