Metro work throws traf­fic out of gear

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT HY­DER­ABAD, OCT. 13

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

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