TIRUPATI: The temple town of Tirupati is going through sea of change as far as the city’s infrastructure and the internal road connectivity is concerned.
While the much-hyped Srinivasa Sethu elevated expressway project, which is a big ticket project, being executed by the Tirupati Smart City Corporation with the support from the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams has hogged all the limelight, 15 master plan road works have been parallelly taken up within the temple city by the Tirupati Municipal Corporation in a bid to permanently address the traffic woes of the denizens of this holy city by spending Rs 52 crore.
While many among these 15 odd master plan road works were proposed to be laid almost a decade ago, these roads never became a reality due to lack of political will and commitment until now.
However, the corporation council led by mayor Dr R Sireesha and deputy mayor Bhumana Abhinay Reddy, passed a resolution towards the end of 2022 to execute the 15 odd master plan road works on a war-footing and complete them before the end 2023.
Following the resolution passed by the council, works related to the 15 master plan roads have been taken up and are progressing at a brisk pace.
Deputy mayor Bhumana Abhinay Reddy observed that a majority of people belonging to the middle-class income groups would immensely benefit once the master plan road-works are completed as there would be a sharp hike in the land-values.
“Most of the lands purchased by the middle and lower income groups have been lying vacant for several decades as these lands were valued very low due to no proper road connectivity. But ever since the master plan road works were taken up by the Tirupati civic body, the land values in all the localities abutting the new roads coming up, have gone up steeply and this price correction will help the lower and middle income groups”, Bhumana Abhinay Reddy observed.
The civic body is confident that the new roads will also help in positively impacting the construction and real-estate activities in an extent of approximately 3500 acres of land in the temple city, which it believes will directly impact the money-flow in the local economy.
The civic body is issuing TDR bonds to the displaced and the compensation paid to them is almost four times the market value and this decision has come in handy to the Tirupati municipal corporation in executing the road-works at a quick pace without any delays or glitches.