All about Hyderabad’s Durgam Cheruvu bridge

[] An engineering marvel, the bridge also cuts down travelling time between the city’s important employment hubs

Among the modern man-made wonders that adorn the City of Nizams, is the newly-built Hyderabad Durgam Cheruvu Bridge, which was opened for public use on September 25, 2020.

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Constructed under Telangana’s Strategic Road Development Plan, the Durgam Cheruvu cable bridge, characterised by shallow-angle external cables, has not only added to the existing beauty of Hyderabad but also cut down travel time between key nodes of the city, benefitting Hyderabad’s working population employed in key IT hubs.

Durgam Cheruvu bridge

Durgam Cheruvu Bridge opening

Built by construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L& T) across the Durgam Cheruvu Lake in Hitech City, the 435-metre- long and 25.8-metre-wide bridge was inaugurated by Telangana’s minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development, KT Rama Rao, in September 2020. The Durgam Cheruvu bridge opening ceremony took place amid dazzling fireworks.

Note here that L&T hired New Jersey-headquartered Louis Berger group, to provide an independent design review of the bridge.

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At the Durgam Cheruvu Bridge inauguration, the minister termed it as another jewel in the ‘city of pearls’.

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Durgam Cheruvu Bridge construction

Touted to have the world’s longest precast segmental span of 233.85 metres in concrete for a cable-stay bridge, the Durgam Cheruvu hanging bridge was constructed using 6,600 cubic metres of concrete, 4,800 tonnes of steel and 287 tonnes of stay-cables. Barring the cables, which were sourced from Germany, all the other construction material was locally procured under the government’s Make in India programme.

“We have constructed it, despite the extremely challenging conditions and difficult terrain that we encountered and are happy that we could deliver the project in time even during these unprecedented times of the pandemic,” said SV Desai, whole-time director and senior executive vice-president (civil infrastructure), Larsen & Toubro.

The bridge has a two-lane carriageway and sidewalks on each side of the divided carriageway.

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Durgam Cheruvu Bridge: Project cost

An engineering marvel, the Durgam Cheruvu Bridge, also billed as the world’s longest span concrete deck cable-stayed bridge, has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 184 crores.

How Durgam Cheruvu Bridge has impacted traffic movement?

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Apart from reducing the commuting time from Jubilee Hills to Madhapur from 30 to 10 minutes, the Durgam Cheruvu Bridge has cut the distance from Mind Space to Jubilee Hills by two kms, thereby, reducing the commuting time between the two spots by 20 minutes. A four-lane elevated corridor also facilitates traffic from Road No 45 up to the bridge. Prior to the construction of the bridge, the average time taken to reach the IT Junction from Jubilee Hills Road No 45 was 25 to 30 minutes. Now, it takes only 10 minutes to cover the distance.

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Durgam Cheruvu bridge: The selfie-point

After the bridge, with its picturesque location and highly attractive architectural lighting (it has 25 different themes of multi-coloured lighting) started to turn into a self-point for travelers, the Cyberabad Traffic Police, which monitors the cable-stayed bridge remotely in real-time, has imposed a penalty on such activities. Before that, the highest number of traffic violations over the bridge were reported over stoppage by motorists to take pictures and selfies.

In August 2021, in fact, three youths were booked for allegedly stopping on the Durgam Cheruvu bridge for birthday celebrations. An act of ‘nuisance’ was captured on CCTV cameras, the Madhapur police said. A case was registered against the three people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including one related to negligence, the police added.

The Cyberabad Traffic Police have issued several guidelines, under which it has prohibited walking on the main carriageway when there is vehicular movement. Crossing the road on the bridge, standing or sitting on the road or against the side railings are also prohibited and so are stoppages or parking of vehicles. The same is true of any gatherings, too.

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Where is Durgam Cheruvu bridge?

The Durgam Cheruvu bridge in Hyderabad is at Madhapur and connects Jubilee Hills with the Financial District.

When was Durgam Cheruvu bridge inaugurated?

The Durgam Cheruvu bridge was opened to traffic on September 25, 2020.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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