Having lost its glitter during the BSP regime, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Path is not only set to regain its sparkle but also increase its span to provide a longer and smoother ride to Lucknowites.
A commuters’ delight even during peak rush hour, this sixlane boulevard would now link main Hazratganj Crossing (Allahabad Bank Crossing) with Faizabad Road in a Rs.60 crore makeover, work on which is already underway.
The length of the 6.22-kilometre-long thoroughfare that originates from Kalidas Marg and culminates at Polytechnic Crossing on Faizabad Road with cycle tracks on either side has been extended by another two kilometres.
“The cycle tracks are being dismantled. Lohia Path would now start from Hazratganj crossing and via Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Rajbhawan Road) it would turn left from Vikramaditya Marg crossing to its earlier starting point,” confirmed a senior PWD official.
The project would be completed in a year’s time. Whether this fast lane pet project of the Samajwadi Party would also figure on the route of proposed Bus Rapid Transit System for Lucknow, is a possibility, which the officials do not rule out.
The physical survey has been completed and there are no hurdles in the way of extending the six-lane road till Hazratganj Crossing, feel PWD officials.
“The boundary wall of the PWD office opposite Raj Bhawan would have to be pushed back a little. Likewise, the stretch near Golf Link Apartments and Gautam Palli too would be widened to convert it into a sixlane road,” said the official.
The iron-grills on both sides that separated the cycle track from the main road from Lohia Path crossing near CM’s residence would be removed.
Moreover, the existing twometre wide footpath too would be dismantled and reduced by half-a-metre to broaden the road.
The new 8.22 km stretch would have three roads on either side with each lane being 3.5 metre wide.
Also on the anvil, is the overhaul of the Polytechnic Crossing rotary. The crossing would be redesigned and widened to improve vehicular movement and circulation pattern around it at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.