Friday, July 25, 2008

PVN Expressway to be ready only by May ’09

TIMES NEWS NETWORK 24th July 2008, Hyderabad edition

Hyderabad: It will be a longer wait for air passengers waiting for the completion of P V Narsimha Rao Expressway to ease their travel woes. The complete commissioning of P V Narasimha Rao Expressway has been postponed once again, this time till May 2009.
The construction of the 11.5 km P V Narasimha Rao Expressway from Sarojini Devi Hospital at Mehdipatnam to Aramgarh crossroads started in August 2006. The Rs 438 crore express highway project was expected to be completed in 26 months and be ready by October 2008.
With the delay in the commissioning, the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda) has come up with an alternate proposal, of opening a part of the flyover for use. Huda
vice-chairman K S Jawahar Reddy told ‘TOI’ that Huda had sent a proposal to the government about opening the partially completed flyover. So far, only 4 km stretch of the expressway from SD Eye Hospital to Hyderguda has been completed. Officials said the new proposal is to construct a down ramp at the Hyderguda junction so that this portion of the completed expressway can be used.
“If the government accepts, part of the flyover can be opened for public in three months,” Jawahar Reddy said. Severe labour shortage is delaying the project completion. Besides, the rise in steel and cement prices has also made the contractor put the project on hold.
“The contractor kept the project on hold for sometime because of rise in steel and cement prices. Following the government’s as
surance to the contractor about the compensation, the project is once again on track. One of the biggest challenges is to remove the underground utility services,” said Huda chief engineer Vivek Deshmukh.
As several infrastructure projects are in progress there is a great demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers. “Ideally there should be 1,400 to 1,500 workers per day for the project. Until two months ago, the contractor was short of 200 workers but now things have fallen in place,” Deshmukh said.
As of now, out of the 328 piers, only 176 have been completed. As many as 100 precast segments have been arranged out of the 327. “To compensate for the delay, the work is now going on briskly. The under pass at Aramgarh area on the way to Shamshabad will be completed by the month-end. Along with this the trumpet near the entry of the airport will also be ready,” an official said.

Alignment from PVNREEC

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The making of PVNR Express Highway

Here is an update of the PV Narasimha Rao Express highway that is under construction in hyderabad. This connects Sarojini Devi Hospital with Aramgarh Cross road with a total of 11.6 KM. Once completed this could be the longest elevated highway in india.

There seems to be around 320(approx, I found pillar number 290 before Aramgarh cross raod and a rough estimate of around 20 to 30 pillars further) Pillars that will be erected in total.

At present pillars are erected till Upparpally X road. There are few left overs around musi river and hyderguda area (in total around 10 pillars). In total There are around 175 pillars constructed till now (approx).

Pre-fabricated units are arranged between the pillars instead of layout the slab for the elevated highway. In some places(Especially when there are curves), it is done manually which takes lot of time.

A quick observation about the work gives you undestanding of the present status of th work.

Other than the starting ramp construction, every thing is completed till pillar number 40. again construction is almost completed from pillar no. 47 to 125 with a gap of around 20 pillars in between.

So in total total work is completed for around 100 to 110 pillars (including the actual elevated road construction). Given the complexity of laying out the express highway in the busy traffic, we can treat this work as 30% to 40% of the total work.

Well, an RTI Response from HUDA who moniter this work says that October 2008 is the scheduled completion date for this full project.

While the actual completion is for around 100 to 110 pillers while there are supposed to be more than 300 pillars.

Over all progress of the work 40%
Actual work completed 100 pillars
Pillars layed out 175
Total pillars (approx) 320

There are 3 more months left for the actual completion of the work and there 60% of the work still pending. It is almost impossible to complete the work in the schedule d time.

There is an under pass(4 lane) in construction on inner ring road at Aramgarh X road. Almost 80% of the work is completed. I expect this under pass to be available for general traffic in another few months.
Once open to public, this under pass provides free passage for the commuters on inner ring road. No more waiting for green signal at Aramgargh X road for inner ring road commuters.

People from Attapur towards shamshabad, people from Gaganapahad towards Attapur, people from Shamshabad towards Attapur, people from Katedan towards Gaganpahad need to wait at the signal.

Here are some of the snaps of the express highway.

Here is an update from Hindu about the development phase of the project. This article claims December 2008 as the scheduled completion time for this PVNR express highway.

There are couple of obstacles in the inner ring road on this route. One is(a muslim worship place) a the X road at moghal ka nala (connecting lungar house and karwan), while the other one is a small maisamma template near the X road connecting Nanal nagar and Gudimalkapur. I am not sure if these two things are going to be shifted to some other place, But that is highly required to allow general flow of the traffic without any problem.

Well, The best part of this express highway is that expanded inner ring road will be available for the people (all the airport traffic will be directed through the express highway). You can dream of a nice riding experience in this road.

But then be careful, there are some surprise medians for this road and you never know who is going to cross the road all of sudden, so drive carefully and reach your destination safely.

Pollution check

Look at this snap depicting intersting scenario. Not sure of the other cities but in hyderabad, some people are experts in rocket science. I guess Kalam might have got the motivation from hyderabad.

See this scooter rocket, mistakenly travelling on the roads, rather than onto space. May be that is the reason, these rocket scooters do not display any vehicle number.
We can call this technology as SSTV, scooter satellite travelling vehicle.

If you are a hyderabadi and are used to inner ring road, you will find aero express planes(GMR aero express buses), plying on the roads. Those junk outdated old volvo buses with new look and feel, create hell lot of pollution, You feel like hell if you are lucky enough to go behind of a GMR bus on your bike.

Well, I checked with RTA, these people not bothered about GMR organized proliferation of pollution as a free gift to the new metro city of india.

Abhinav in July 2008

Here is a snap of Abhinav, my son. He looks really cute.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Sign Board and bullock cart

See the interesting snaps near Aramgarh X road (cross of Inner ring road and NH7).
First there is a sign board and bullock cart.

Ayyayyoo...few steps bt bullock cart and the sign board gone. :-)