Hyderabad: A 24-year-old youth was killed when he rammed his motorcycle into an intersection on the busy Durgam Cheruvu flyover on October 18.

Identified as Krishna Yadav, 24, he was travelling on the flyover starting at Road No. 45 when he met with an accident.

Krishna Yadav, a cab driver by profession, has become the first person to have been killed in an accident on the flyover since it was opened for traffic last month.

“Because of over speeding, he hit the intersection on the bridge. He died on the spot,” said P Ravindra Prasad, SHO, Madhapur.

So far two accidents have occurred on the Durgam Cheuvu bridge in which one person was killed and three others suffered injuries. Cyberabad Traffic Police has registered 1851 cases against motorists and civilians for various offences till October 17.

Violators were fined for halting on the main carriageway, not wearing helmets, triple riding, using cell phones while driving, disobedience, dangerous driving, and unauthorized parking on the cable bridge.

“People should travel responsibly. Good roads and good flyover will not ensure safety. Only good driving skills can make a difference. Over speeding and drunk driving are major reasons for road accidents in the city, which we are now being observed on the bridge also,” said AR Srinivas, DCP (traffic), Cyberabad.

The landmark bridge was thrown open for the public on September 25, but it seems to have become a hub for traffic violations despite instructions by the city traffic police.

On October 8, Madhapur police arrested three including a juvenile for taking pictures on the bridge. The video of the trio went viral on social media.

The bridge provides direct connectivity to the public from Jubliee hills, Banjara hills and other parts of city going towards Hitec-city, Gachibowli, ORR and Shamshabad. In view of this, the GHMC has decided to allow the general public on weekends on the bridge by stopping the vehicular movement.

Rules and Regulations before you get the bridge

1. The Bridge will be closed for the vehicular movement from 10 PM of every Friday up to 6 AM of the next Monday.

2. On all the other days, the bridge will be closed from 11 PM to 6 AM for both vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

The following activities are prohibited on the bridge

a) Walking on the main carriageway when vehicular movement is not allowed.

b) Crossing the road on the bridge.

c) Standing/sitting on the road or side railings.

d) Stopping or parking of vehicles on the bridge.

e) Any kind of gatherings for birthday and other such reasons.

f) Consumption of Alcohol.

4. The roads leading to DCB from Madhapur and Road No. 45 would be closed for vehicular traffic on weekends. (Traffic will be diverted accordingly).

5. Limited Parking arrangements are being made by the Traffic Police on both sides of the bridge. Following are the proposed parking places:

a) Roads in Hyderabad knowledge City i.e., behind ITC Kohinoor.

b) On-road No. 45 under the cable bridge.

c) Under the bridge at Mastannagar.

d) on the left side of the flyover from road No. 45, by giving a temporary median opening for retreating of the vehicles.

Traffic Advisory

a) Visitors to DCB coming from Gachibowli, Narsingi, Miyapur, Madhapur and Kukatpally, should go towards Hyderabad Knowledge City parking place via Mind space rotary (IKEA)- Novartis – Salarpuria sattva – right turn- Hyderabad Knowledge City parking place.

b) Visitors to DCB coming from Jubliee hills, Banjara hills, Masab Tank, Mehdipatnam, Begumpet, should take Road No. 45 to DCB.

7. The visitors should not park their vehicles on public roads where traffic is allowed. Otherwise, this will lead to severe traffic congestion. Hence, Traffic Police will tow away such vehicles to clear the road for the traffic. Hence, public are advised to park their vehicles in the designated place only. If the parking place is full, the public shall not try to forcefully park their vehicles on the road. Instead they are advised to find a suitable parking place in the vicinity without obstructing the general traffic.

8. Cyberabad Traffic Police have installed CCTV cameras and public address systems to have round the clock surveillance over the public activities on the bridge. Cases are being booked against vehicles for various traffic violations like without Helmet (Rider & Pillion rider), triple riding, over speeding, stopping/parking, use of cell phone while driving, racing, movement of heavy vehicles.

9. All types of heavy vehicles, medium and goods vehicles including Tractors, DCMs, Goods Autos, JCBs, Cranes, Truck, are prohibited on the bridge.

10. Movement of pushcarts, Bullock, also prohibited.

11. The visitors are advised to follow the direction of Traffic Police scrupulously at all times and help them in ensuring better management of traffic and road safety.

12. Speed limit: Maximum speed limit on the bridge is 35 KMPH.

13. Public are advised to exhibit a greater sense of responsibility, self-discipline while they are on the bridge. They should not indulge in dangerous activities like standing on the railing for selfies, lying down/sitting on the road for photos, cutting cakes and other celebration etc.

14. The parents or guardians should handhold the kids while on the bridge.

15. The public are advised to not to carry any valuable items likes Jewellery, Money, while on the bridge. If they have to do so, they are advised to stay away from the crowd on the bridge.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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