The City traffic police department dashed the GHMC’s hopes, which chalked out grand plans to construct an innovative one km long Cement Concrete (CC) road on one of the busiest stretches — Lakdikapul-AC Guards route. Responding to a letter written by the GHMC to make alternative arrangements for diverting traffic on the busy road, the traffic wing officials rejected the civic body’s request by citing the non availability of alternative routes to divert traffic on the route, which forms part of National Highway (NH-9) and connects various important places of the City like Ameerpet, Kukatpally, Mehdipatnam, Tolichowki, Gachibowli and the International airport.
“We have declined the request of the corporation as we did not have any alternative routes to regulate traffic on the Lakdikapul-AC Guards route. It is impossible for us to make alternative arrangements on this road,” additional commissioner of police (Traffic) CV Anand told Postnoon.
On the other hand, the traffic wing showed an alternative road which falls between Sultan Bazaar to Kacheguda Police Station for the civic body to undertake its ambitious project. “This particular route has many alternative roads which can be used for traffic diversion. We have asked the GHMC officials to go ahead with their project on this road with our support. The officials have also agreed to this,” Anand said.
GHMC engineer in chief R Dhan Singh also confirmed the news and said that they are planning to undertake the novel CC Road project very soon. “The traffic wing told us that they cannot divert traffic on the Lakdikapul-AC Guards road due to lack of alternative routes. They also came forward to provide their help on Sultan Bazaar- Kacheguda route. We are preparing an action plan to undertake the project,” he said.
It may be emphasised here that the civic body came up with the idea of constructing CC roads with a view to increase their life span and avoid regular maintenance works, which is the case when it comes to conventional roads.
The officials studied the system of similar roads being implemented in cities like Bangalore and selected cement producer Ultra Tech for this project. The company agreed to build a 1 km stretch on a pilot basis. These roads will have special ducts for the convenience of various service providers like electricity department private cable operators to install cable wires. This will prevent frequent road cutting.
The proposed road will have a life span of nearly 25-30 years and will be easy to maintain even during the monsoons. This 1 km CC road will cost around `6 crore for the corporation for each kilometer.