Hyderabad: While Durgam Cheruvu is being developed with the newly-inaugurated cable-stayed bridge across the lake connecting Jubilee Hills and Hitec City, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has decided to commence work to improve Tank Bund Road.
Tank Bund is the city’s oldest hangout place for people of all walks of life
in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Considering its strategic
location and natural beauty, the Tank Bund Road makes up for the most
important and safe urban zone for families to spend their leisure time and
The state government had given the green signal to the HMDA for taking up
works on either side of the Tank Bund Road to elevate its look and creating
facilities for the people to use. While the focus of development has been in
the western parts of the city for more than a decade, the state government
has decided to lay more emphasis on those parts of the city, that have been
the hub of activity for several decades.
As part of the project, the sidewalks on Tank Bund Road will be completely
renovated by fortifying them. The HMDA would lay flamed granite tiles on the
footpaths and granite kerbs would be provided on either side. Before laying
the foundation for strengthening the footpaths, electrical cable ducts would
be laid and the cables would be run through them so that the pavement need
not be disturbed for any purpose in the future.
The HMDA expects an increased footfall on the Tank Bund once the
refurbishment is complete, for there would be no undulations on the walk way
and they could relax on the street furniture. Tank Bund, in fact, is the
longest lung space in the city, decked with greenery on one side and a huge
waterbody on the other.
The works, which commenced recently, will be completed in less than a year
on both sides of the 2.2-km-long Tank Bund Road. The HMDA would enrich the
area with well-manicured lawns on the green zone.
The work is estimated to cost over `13 crore. The lush green surroundings
around the statues would be maintained. All loose ends will be capped and
the electric wires and cables would not be left hanging outside. This would
enable setting up street furniture on both sides, kiosks, and decorative
Exclusive bays will be created for locating the cranes for Ganesh immersion.
This would ensure that the sidewalks are not disturbed or damaged during the
festival. The newly decked up Tank Bund is likely to enhance activity on
either side of the road.