A FINAL verdict on the controversy-ridden Rs 29 crore Palasia grade separator appears to be on the anvil with a meeting aimed at breaking the deadlock scheduled for next week.
Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, IMC Chairman Shankar Lalwani, MiC member in-charge of Public Works Lalit Porwal, City Engineer Hans Kumar Jain and Mumbai-based consultant V Shrikhande will attend the brainstorming session to finalise one of the three options.
“The meeting will be held as soon as the consultants arrive in Indore, which is likely to happen sometime next week. Once they reach here, a final decision will be taken on whether a four, three or two-armed design should be adopted,” said a senior IMC source.
The ambitious proposal, aimed at decongesting traffic on the Palasia-DIG Bungalow stretch on the ultra-busy AB Road, has been railroaded for nearly a year. The project first ran aground after no contractors bid for the tenders. Even as the Corporation was mulling issuing fresh tenders, the separator got mired in a controversy over the number of arms.
While Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma wants to drop the Saket arm of the separator, followers of former Mayor Kailash Vijayvargiya, under whose tenure the proposal was first mooted, want to stick to the original four-armed design.
IMC Chairman Shankar Lalwani, a qualified engineer, on the other hand wants the MG Road arm to be dropped, too, converting the structure into a simple flyover along AB Road, with a second storey from Saket Nagar to MG Road running at right angles to the proposed flyover at a later date.