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Hyderabad to boast of India''s longest flyovernews
02 August 2006

Hyderabad will soon boast of India's longest flyover. CNBC-TV18 learns that a joint venture between Simplex Infrastructure and Somdatt Constructions has just won a bid for Rs439 crore project.

With four lanes stretching over 11.63 kilometres, the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority, is calling this new flyover Hyderabad's backbone.

The proposed expressway will connect the heart of the city to the new international airport at Samshabad; and Simplex and Somdatt plan to build it in just 26 months, using segmented constructions.

"Work will start on August 1, and the new airport will be ready in 2009, by which time, the flyover will be functional," said Jayesh Ranjan, VC, Hyderabad Urban Development Authority.

The proposed flyover will begin at the heart of the city at Medipatanam. It will connect the inner ring road where there will be an underpass and then it will hit the national highway, which is being widened for the purpose. After another nine kilometres it will join the new airport at a trumpet junction.

The entire stretch currently takes an hour and a half to complete once the road is functioning it will take less than 20 minutes because there will be no stops along the way.

The flyover will make the airport more accessible to Hi-Tech City and Banjara Hills. But there are still some thickly populated areas on the way, where land acquisitions might become a problem. Even so, the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority is confident that the city's backbone will hum with zipping traffic in 2 years.

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Hyderabad to boast of India''s longest flyover