Much awaited Habibganj railway over bridge was finally inaugurated on Wednesday in Bhopal. Named after Indian pro-independence activist Veer Savarkar, the ROB connects Arera Colony and Habibganj with Hoshangabad road.
Built with a cost of Rs 84 crore, the 1.8 km bridge is the longest flyover in the state capital as per the claims of Bhopal Municipal Corporation. The construction of ROB was envisioned in 2012 and in the year 2013 it got a revised approval from government of India.
The estimate cost of the bridge was Rs 27 crore. However, the project could not be properly commenced due to the hurdles like Kolar pipeline, the permissions of railways and later for clearance of over 800 slums.
The deadline of the project was extended 6 times in between 2013 and 2016. Habibganj ROB will have one branch extending from RRL tri-junction to Arera Colony near Ganesh Temple side of Habibganj Naka, crossing railway line, while the other will connect RRL tri-junction and Bhopal fracture hospital. Another extension of ROB would facilitate traffic towards All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Declaring the inauguration of flyover, mayor Alok Sharma requested CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to give a grant of Rs 75 crores to BMC as the cost of building the ROB had affected the financial condition of BMC. The CM declared an aid of Rs 100 crore for BMC as development fund to improve the economic condition of the corporation. In his speech during the inauguration programme, the CM also asked BMC to build a statue of Rani Kamplapati in Upper Lake just like the statue of Raja Bhoj.
Chouhan declared that Rs 15,000 crore will be given to BMC in the next 5 years for the development of the city and requested the citizens of Bhopal to pay their taxes.