Uniform design for new bridges across Musi

The competition collects 30 different models; move to bring structural uniformity to the facades of all structures on the river

A design competition announced by Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL) for the newly proposed bridges over the Esa and Musi rivers resulted in more than 30 different designs from various competitors.

A single winning design will be applied uniformly to the 14 bridges, officials from the city administration department informed.

The idea is to bring structural uniformity to the facades of all structures on the river for easy recall value and aesthetics. In the future, existing bridges over the river could also receive a facelift following the same design, a senior official shared. Entries had been received until October 25.

A committee could be formed soon to choose the best design from among the nominations, sent in by professional and amateur architects, students, businesses, colleges, universities and other agencies from across the country.

The government has taken the decision to add 10 additional bridges to the 21 existing along a 50-kilometer span on the Musi River. In addition, the four existing causeways will be transformed into bridges, raising their height, officials shared.

The causeways are located at Manchirevula, Ibrahimbagh, Chaderghat and Musarambagh.

On the Esa River, bridges are planned to connect Sun City to Chintalmet and Inner Ring Road to Kismatpur, as well as two bridges to connect the IT Corridor to Budvel.

On the other side of the Musi River are planned eight other bridges, including the one between Pratapsingaram and Gowrelly, the pedestrian pedestrian bridge planned in front of the Salar Jung Museum, a bridge on the link road under development by HRDCL connecting Bandlaguda to Peerzadiguda, and the rest between Uppal and Chaitanyapuri, Hydershakote and Ramdevguda, in addition to another bridge at Attapur in addition to the existing one.

The 400 crore project will include the construction of control dams all along the river for water retention within. Dams are planned away from bridges based on suggestions from irrigation experts, the official said. The idea is to develop nautical facilities for recreation, in line with the Musi River development project.

Nine of these bridges were proposed by the GHMC and five by the HMDA. Minister KT Rama Rao made mention of the bridges during the recent monsoon session of the Legislative Assembly.

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