Vijayawada gears up for Metro Rail Project, set to divert vehicular traffic
Vijayawada: The Vijayawada city is getting ready for its prestigious Metro Rail Project, which would have two corridors – one on M G Road and the other on Karl Marx Road (Eluru Road). The two-corridor project would have its main station at Nidamanuru for which the district administration had identified the land and initiated steps to acquire it. Though the farmers from Nidamanuru village have been opposing the land acquisition, the administration is going ahead with the project. On Friday, Krishna district Collector Babu Ahmad held a meeting with the district officials on the alternative arrangements to be made for vehicular traffic diversion to facilitate the work on the metro rail project.
In addition to the metro rail project, the city is set to witness the work on the flyover at Benz Circle. This would be in addition to the flyover works in progress at Kanakadurga temple and expansion of the national highway at Krishnalanka, which are causing diversion of the vehicular traffic in the respective areas. Once the metro rail project works begin on the two major roads – M G Road and Eluru Road, the vehicular traffic is set to have a big trouble giving a toughest time for the citizens. The vehicular traffic on the Chennai-Kolkata and Hyderabad-Machilipatnam too would have to be diverted without touching the city once the flyover works at Benz Circle begin. The city provides connectivity to the vehicular traffic on the two national highways moving on Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad sectors. The Hyderabad sector would have vehicles coming from Mumbai and Nagapur heading either to Chennai or Kolkata that are to be diverted without touching the city.
The Metro rail project on M G Road would be built from Pundit Nehru Bus Station to Penamaluru, while the second sector would be built from bus station to Nidamanuru.
The district Collector had instructed the officials of the Panchayat Raj, Roads and Buildings, Municipal Corporation, national highways and irrigation to provide alternative roads for the vehicular movement from the two major roads once the works begin. The M G Road with highest vehicular population has two alternative roads, Krishnalanka Road and Pinnamaneni Poly Clinic Road, which are already congested. The Eluru road also has two alternative roads – Christurajapuram-Mogalrajapuram road and the BRTS Road. Vehicular traffic from these two busy roads are to be diverted to facilitate the Metro rail project.
The district Collector had directed the officials, particularly the Municipal and the Police to ensure that there would be no traffic problem on these roads once the traffic is diverted. He wanted the police to ensure that enough number of personnel are posted to regulate the traffic.
Krishna district joint collector Gandham Chandrudu, Municipal Commissioner G Veerapandian, revenue divisional officer Cherukuri Rangaiah, Sub-Collector Balaji and other officials were present at the review meeting.