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Salarjung pedestrian bridge design gets nod

The estimated cost of the structure is expected to be around Rs 231.5 crore

The plans to construct a new pedestrian bridge across River Musi opposite the Salar Jung Museum is gathering steam with Chief Secretary SK Joshi approving the architectural drawings of the structure to be constructed at a cost of Rs 231.5 crore.

The plans also include construction of a multilevel car parking at the Quli Qutb Shah Complex. Ever since the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched the Charminar Pedestrianisation Project (CPP), there has been a demand for an additional bridge across River Musi to accommodate hawkers and petty vendors.

At present, the displaced workers have been provided space at the bus depot for conducting their business. The State government had instructed officials to ensure that the livelihood of hawkers and petty vendors was not affected due to CPP works and wanted them to come up with a plan of action.

Accordingly, the officials on Monday submitted architectural drawings of the proposed pedestrian bridge during the 5th Board Meeting of the Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary here.

The proposed construction of the additional bridge across River Musi is being planned to accommodate fruit vendors between Nayapul and its adjoining bridge.

During the meeting, the consultants submitted the revised layouts, architectural plan and detailed project report, which were placed before the Board of Directors for approval. After the meeting, officials were given the nod to invite tenders for executing the project on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, HRDCL Chief Engineer Mohan Naik and other senior officials attended the meeting, according to a press release.