Metro work throws traffic out of gear
Traffic in Hitec City has been gridlocked due to Metro Rail construction activity. Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) had taken permission to divert traffic for three months to build a facility for reversing trains at its Hitec City station.
According to HMRL, not the building, the train reversal facility now will delay the Ameerpet-Hitec City line by another three months.
The diversions left techies fuming on the very first day on Friday.
Responding to complaints on Twitter, caretaker minister K.T. Rama Rao advised DGP M. Mahendar Reddy and HMRL managing director N.V.S. Reddy to oversee the traffic situation.
Following this, top officials of the GHMC, L&THMRL, police and traffic police met on Saturday and decided to carry out immediate road improvement works and worked out different alternatives to route vehicles.
A large number of mobile barricades will be supplied to Cyberabad traffic police to channelise traffic. L&T Metro will provide 40 additional traffic marshals. The road will be widened at certain places in the next few days. Some identified electrical, signal and water pipes will be shifted immediately.
A statement after the meeting said trial runs would be organised to see how effective the measures were and finetune traffic flow arrangements.
Techies, meanwhile, were advised by IT associations to carpool. Society of Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) sent an email to all IT companies to facilitate pick and drop for cabs inside the premises. HOW TO AVOID TRAFFIC TECHIES advised to use carpool.
CABS HAVE to pick up and drop employees inside the office premises.
HAWKERS AT the areas have been evacuated.
WE HAVE given four pointers to IT companies in that area — advised techies to carpool, requested security guards to monitor traffic, contact traffic police if they spot bottlenecks, and requested our traffic volunteers (techies) to prioritise this stretch — KRISHNA YEDULA Society of Cyberabad Security Council TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS started on Friday which is a bad move as it is a busy day. While companies should encourage car-free days, RTC must run more buses to facilitate it. Instead of stopping all vehicles at once, a slow transition of diversions could have been done — G.S.R. RATNAM transport researcher SINCE MOST of us rely on food delivery services, we were walking up to the delivery boys who were stuck in the traffic to get our food. For my company, congestion began inside the premises. The cabs took one hour to reach from Deloitte Drive to Cyber Towers, which is less than 300 metres — G. AKHILESH software engineer SINCE THIS IS the year-end, three months of traffic pain should be reasonable. But air and noise pollution levels are increasing due to improper planning and the traffic jams at Cyber Pearl. The most important thing is that there will be no way for emergency vehicles if something goes wrong. We should have widened roads to face such a situation. Traffic police should have collaborated with IT companies to find out an amicable solution. — VINAY VANGALA techie and activist