Hyderabad: Claiming that the flyover is risky for commuters, the expert panel appointed to look into the design of the Biodiversity flyover stated that it has serious design flaws and should not be used. The government shut down the flyover for commuters after a series of accidents and has constituted a committee which submitted its report to GHMC on Monday. The panel suggested that the flyover can be thrown open provided the speed limit was restricted to 40 KMPH. The report also disclosed a few safety measures to be taken care of before opening the flyover.
The committee appointed by the government includes World Bank Road Safety Advisor Prof. Nagabhushan Rao, Dr TS Reddy, Assistant Professor Srinivaskumar and Pradeep Reddy who took up a detailed study on the design of the flyover which was opened to the public from November 4. The panel unanimously opined that the two S-type curves, one after another at a very short distance is making it difficult for the commuter leading to the accidents. “The transitional zone is missing in the design. Though a caution was put up to restrict the speed, only expert drivers can commute. It is unsafe even for 40 KMPH,” said one of the panel members.
The panel also pointed out that GHMC compromised on collecting enough land to build the flyover which led to designing two swift turns. The government faced allegations that the structural design has had some last-minute changes in favour of one of the real estate businessman. This drew flak from the public who demanded the government to take immediate measures and to come with a permanent solution. Kalvakuntla Milan Rao (27) who was injured in the recent accident crushing to death a woman underneath the flyover, filed a case in the High Court, claiming that the accident was the result of the faulty design of the flyover. The court has ordered a stay on his arrest till January 3.