Hyderabad: The State government is taking significant steps to enhance Hyderabad’s infrastructure by constructing a series of bridges over the Musi River. This initiative aims to improve connectivity between the southern parts of the city and the rest, addressing longstanding commuting issues.
These bridges, along with other projects like the Strategic Road Development Project (SRDP), slip roads, and link roads, have redesigned the city’s infrastructure, making travel more convenient. The construction of five bridges over the Musi River, at a cost of Rs.168 crore, is underway.
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister, K.T. Rama Rao, will inaugurate the bridge construction at Uppal Bhagayath. These bridges, aligned with the SRDP, will not only ensure smoother traffic flow but also promote the development of areas on both sides of the river, enhancing the city’s aesthetic appeal. They will span approximately 55 km from Narsingi to Gowrelli, with three four-lane bridges over Musi and two over the Esa River.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) is overseeing their construction, with an expected completion time of 15 months. The bridges over the Esa River will be situated at the Budvel IT Park, with the first costing Rs. 20 crore at Park One and the second at Park Two estimated at Rs. 32 crore.
The three proposed bridges over the Musi River will be located at Uppal Bhagayath, Pratapa Singaram, and Manchirevula. The Uppal bridge will be the most expensive at Rs. 42 crore, while the other two will cost Rs. 35 crore and Rs. 39 crore, respectively, with a length of approximately 210 meters. The State government initially planned to construct a total of 14 bridges over the Musi and Esa rivers, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused a two-year delay. Now, the HMDA has commenced groundwork, conducting a thorough study to assess the need for additional bridges on the Musi River, factoring in future traffic projections and new developments. Tenders were invited and processed using the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) method.