The efforts of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to open Durgam Cheruvu cable bridge for traffic at the earliest gained steam with the mandatory load test carried out on the bridge to check the load bearing capacity and other aspects.
The load test was conducted by imposing 1,080 metric tonnes of load onto the deck in an incremental form.
As many as 36 10-tyre trucks, each with a capacity of 30 metric tonnes were parked on the structure for 24 hours. This is the final lap of tests to be conducted for opening the bridge to traffic. Once the experts approve the test results, other works will be expedited on the structure.
Efforts are on to launch the bridge by July end, said a senior official from GHMC. Currently electrical works are under progress and they are being taken up at brisk pace and all other minor works will be done by July end, he said.
Once opened for traffic, Durgam Cheruvu cable bridge will be world’s longest span extra-dosed cable stayed bridge. The 238-metre long facility is constructed with a cost of Rs.184 crore and will aid in cutting down the distance and travel time from Jubilee Hills to Madhapur.
After opening for traffic, the GHMC is planning to permit only pedestrians on the bridge during weekends and suspend movement of vehicles to let people enjoy the scenic ambience at the lake.