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Work to widen railway crossing fails to take off

Though a tender was floated in June and a Rs 50 lakh contract was awarded in August, residents of Palam Vihar, Sector 21, 22, 23 and 23A are still waiting to see a widened Bazgera Railway crossing.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2011 00:33 IST
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Though a tender was floated in June and a Rs 50 lakh contract was awarded in August, residents of Palam Vihar, Sector 21, 22, 23 and 23A are still waiting to see a widened Bazgera Railway crossing.

The railway crossing has to be upgraded from a single barrier (7.5 metres) crossing to one with a double barrier (11 metres).

Residents have also been demanding an overbridge amid an ever-increasing traffic volume.

"After marathon efforts, Indian Railways had agreed to widen this railway crossing. But, even after four months, it's an endless wait to see the work begin," said Azad Kataria, a resident. The crossing is located between New Palam Vihar and Palam Vihar, connecting Bijwasan in Delhi with Gurgaon. It also serves as one of the major seven level crossings in the Gurgaon district, as informed by sources.

According to sources in the Divisional Railway Manager's office (Delhi), which is responsible for Gurgaon, work was supposed to be finished by November. "We have no idea at what stage the project is. We would be able to comment after we study a report from the concerned engineer and contractor," said Mohit Lila, concerned senior divisional engineer.

DRM Ashwini Lohani and Mohit Lila have visited the site twice in the past one year and approved the plan to widen the railway crossing. According to railways survey (conducted every three year), the daily traffic movement estimate for January 2010 is 4,91,008 units.

"This figure was recorded long time ago. It would have crossed 5 lakhs by now," said Lila, adding that nearly 30 trains use this track daily.