Hyderabad: The Durgam Cheruvu bridge, billed as India’s longest span concrete deck extradosed cable-stayed bridge, was thrown open for the public on September 25 by the minister for municipal administration and urban development (MAUD) K.T. Rama Rao.

Durgam Cheruvu

The 233-mt bridge built at a cost of Rs 184 crore will reduce the distance between Road No. 45 in Jubilee Hills to Mind Space and Gachibowli by 2 km.

New Project 2020 10 04t105131.928 Durgam Cheruvu: August 2020

Durgam Cheruvu is originally said to be spread in 150 acres and built between 1518 and 1687 by the Qutub Shahi kings to cater to the drinking water needs of the residents of Golconda Fort, according to historian Mohammed Safiullah. In the 90s, the then AP tourism department took up works to develop Durgam Cheruvu as a picnic spot.

New Project 2020 10 04t104101.394 Durgam Cheruvu: 2003

By early 2000, people, along with their families, began flocking at the lake to spend their evenings sitting on the rocks nearby the lake while a few others enjoyed fishing in the lake water.

New Project 2020 10 04t105208.276 Durgam Cheruvu: April 2017

In 2017, the city witnessed a spike in the number of cars which in turn, led to increased traffic and commuting on the Jubilee Hills-Madhapur stretch took 40-60 minutes while it took only 30 minutes earlier.

New Project 2020 10 04t110300.009 Durgam Cheruvu: April 2018

Then the government of Telangana put forward the proposal of the bridge through Durgam Cheruvu to ease traffic in the area and cut down commuting time to 10 minutes from the usual 40-60 minutes.

New Project 2020 10 04t110633.190 Durgam Cheruvu: January 2019 when the foundation of the bridge started to get laid

The works of the cable bridge were launched in 2017 and finished by March 2020.

New Project 2020 10 04t111213.466 Durgam Cheruvu: In the midst of Construction

The 1,740-m-long and 16.60-m-wide elevated corridor constructed along with a footpath for the pedestrian.

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New Project 2020 10 04t111545.933 Durgam Cheruvu: After 309.8m solid ramp was put with the help of the cable

The approach viaduct and solid ramps are 309.8 m long with 1.8 m wide footpaths on both the sides.

New Project 2020 10 04t112148.374 Durgam Cheruvu: April 2020

As much as 26,600 cubic metres of concrete, 4,800 tonnes of steel and 287 tonnes of stay-cables were used in its construction.

New Project 2020 10 04t091617.300 Durgam Cheruvu bridge from all four directions

The Durgam Chervvu bridge, which took three years to build, is part of the strategic road development plan taken up at an outlay of about Rs. 29,695 crores to comprehensively solve traffic problems in the twin cities.

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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