Hyderabad: Shilparamam to close temporarily from June

Work on the two flyovers may continue for two years.

Hyderabad: Shilparamam to be closed down temporarily once the flyover work begins as part of the Strategic Road Development Programme (SRDP), likely in June. Over two acres of land inside Shilparamam will be occupied by pillars of the flyover, cutting across it. This will change the entire face of the 25-year-old establishment, prime property sprawling across 55 acres in Madhapur.

The main gate will be demolished with entry and exit relocated. This is being done to accommodate two flyovers, both starting from Trident hotel. One of them will connect Gachibowli and JNTU while the other runs between Madhapur and Kondapur. This would help to serve around 5 lakh commuters of the IT corridor making the central point, Madhapur, a signal less junction.

A source from Shilparamam said, “With the two flyovers, the Gachibowli to JNTU and Madhapur to Kondapur routes will turn signal free. The municipal corporation has been negotiating the space and other requirements, since early 2016 with Shilparamam management. Now, the officials are speeding up the process.”

Once the construction begins, Shilparamam will be closed. The entrance will be demolished. They have asked for 2-acre space to lay the pillars. The stall owners have been directed to shift by June. The construction work may take more than a year. The stall holders have requested the Shilparamam management to negotiate with the GHMC to speed up the work so that they can be re-accommodated.

Meanwhile, the government has been asked to reconsider the alignment keeping in mind the livelyhood of the craftsmen. TJAC Professor Mr M Kodandaram who made an oral representation to TS chief secretary S.P. Singh, said, “Shilpara-ram is the largest green space in the congested IT corridor. Apart from the 250 stalls, there are vendors who sit outside the cultural village and earn a living. Through each shop, many families earn, now the department is asking them to shift, instead of relocating them to other shopping complexes. The municipal corporation should reconsider the alignment of the flyover keeping in mind the livehood of these craftsmen.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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