The government has given the green signal to proposals to build a huge cable-stayed bridge with modern touches, promoting tourism in the Old City. Designs are being prepared to build the bridge in a modern architectural style. The bridge will be longer than the cable bridge built over the Durgammacheruvu in the IT corridor.
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has issued a tender notification the last week. Arvind Kumar, Special Chief Secretary, Department of Municipal and Urban Development, specially inspected the Mir Alam Tank on the Bangalore National Highway. The concerned authorities have been directed to draw up plans for the conservation of the pond as well as developing the areas surrounding the pond for tourism.
The Mir Alam Tank is spread over an area of over a thousand acres after crossing the Bahadurpura-Zoo park on the National Highway from Hyderabad to Bengaluru. The Mir Alam Tank full tank level extends for about 2.5 km from the Bangalore National Highway on one side and the Attapur Inner Ring Road on the other to Chintalmet Road. The Mir Alam Tank is the largest water body in the heart of the city after Hussain Sagar. After that, Durgammacheruvu is the largest.
There will be three types of benefits in building a cable bridge from the Inner Ring Road over the Mir Alam Tank. The first is to protect the pond, the second is to build a cable bridge to benefit tourism, and the third is to solve the traffic problems on the way from Bahadurpura to Attapur via Kishanbagh. HMDA has taken up its responsibilities as per the directions of the Municipal Department keeping in view of these benefits.