Junction improvement plan by GHMC slows down midway

Citizens hesitate when they are asked to give a small chunk of land or structure right infront of their properties.

Hyderabad: The junction improvement programme proposed by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation went for a toss. Officials said that every citizen needs development in the city but without losing even a small chunk of land or structure from his property.

The Urban Junction Improvement Plan (UJIP) is being taken up by the Traffic and Transportation wing of the GHMC. M/s Urban Mass Transit Company Limited was entrusted with a list of 35 junctions in the first phase for preparation of detailed Junction Improvement Plans. The plans are being developed keeping in view the increasing traffic over the next five to seven years. In the first phase, 35 junctions have been proposed to be taken up for improvement, work at seven junctions are in progress, corporation is yet to start work at three junctions, seven junctions are under tender process/ technical sanction and eight junctions are under administrative sanction. The corporation is yet to prepare estimates at nine junctions.

A senior GHMC official on said that lack of co-operation from line departments including electricity, water board, traffic police and others have delayed the project. Besides this, he said, lack of co-operation from citizens, when they are asked to give a small chunk of land or structure right infront of their properties. He said that even the ground level staff were not keen in taking up the project as it involves road widening and land acquisition.

However, a year has passed but the corporation till date has managed to finalise tenders for mere 8 junctions out of 22 junctions. According to a GHMC official, out of total 35 junctions, the civic body has decided to improve 16 junctions with about Rs 77 crore. Interestingly, the corporation has also decided to embark on phase II junction improvement programme at 30 junction.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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