Hyderabad: New skywalk plan could eat into Uppal stadium

Survey of India has already lost huge chunks of land to SRDP projects, including an elevated corridor at Uppal Junction.

Hyderabad: The municipal administration and urban development department have proposed a new skywalk that is likely to eat into the Survey of India campus and Uppal Stadium.

The municipal administration and the urban development department have asked Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Industrial Area Local Authority and Rachakonda police to conduct a comprehensive study and submit proposals for building a 1.4 km skywalk connecting Uppal-Hubsiguda Road with Uppal Ramantapur Road via Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. The nodal agencies have in their report said that to take up the work, the existing 11-18 m has to be widened to 36 m.

The 3 m-wide skywalk will affect 23,773 square yards on Survey of India campus and 16,453 square yards of the Uppal Stadium.

They said Mr Rao has instructed officials to take up uniform development around the city and provide best solutions to facilitate pedestrians and prevent traffic snarls. With the state government proposing to extend the IT sector to eastern parts of the city, several developmental activities will be taken up, the proposed skywalk being the first.

A senior MA&UD official said on condition of anonymity that the skywalk construction will affect four properties including Survey of India, Uppal Stadium area, 7,774 square yards of Nuziveedu Seeds Limited and 537 square yards of other private properties.

He said despite regular walkers, the proposed skywalk has been designed to facilitate Genpact employees and patrons who visit Uppal Stadium to watch Indian Premier League and other international matches. He said walkway would ease the traffic congestion on busy days

Officials said discussions were held with Survey of India officials, who asked the department to safeguard sumps, overhead tanks and pipelines while shifting them. The officials said that skywalk construction will not affect the international stadium.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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