Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KTR is going to inagurate Balanagar flyover, the massive and six-lane highway bridge connecting Balanagar X Roads and Narsapur X Road will be thrown open to the public on Tuesday. Once open, the flyover will help lakhs of commuters travel faster even during peak hours. Balanagar flyover is the first flyover in the city designed for a commuting speed of 60 kmph will be declared open for public in Balanagar on Tuesday. As of now, the maximum speed limit on all city flyovers is 40 kmph.
The 1.3-kilometre-long flyover in Hyderabad was constructed under the Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP). It is expected to smooth traffic on the Balanagar main road, which is known for its traffic snarls. It connects Kukatpally Y Junction and Bowenpally Junction, crossing the Narsapur X Road and Fathenagar Junction.
The construction for the Balanagar flyover project began in 2017, at an estimated cost of Rs 387 crore. It was supposed to be completed in 2020, but was delayed due to land acquisition issues. The delay caused inconvenience to motorists, as the stretch was narrowed down for construction.
To give the flyover an aesthetic look, greenery is being developed under the flyover. Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) officials will also develop vertical gardens on one or two pillars of the flyover. Better flow of traffic can also be expected at the Balanagar Junction, which is among the busiest junctions in these parts of the city.
One feature that will make the Balanagar Flyover different from most other flyovers is a 6mm thick Asphaltic sheet spread between the bitumen layer and slab of the flyover. Similar sheets were laid on Attapur Flyover and after it yielded good results, it was replicated for the Balanagar Flyover as well, officials said, adding that the sheet would absorb water protecting the concrete and steel of the flyover.