The Indore Development Authority’s (IDA) ambitious Major Road - 4 (MR-4) four-lane project may not take final shape before Simhastha, as it is facing two major roadblocks in the form of land of Swadeshi Mill near Bhandari Bridge and a low income group settlement in Bhagirathpura.
The approximate 4.5km-long MR-4 road is slated to connect Indore’s new railway station in Vallabh Nagar, Laxmibai Nagar railway station in Bhagirathpura and Banganga railway crossing and merge into Ujjain highway.
The four-lane road project finally took off a couple of months ago and was facing problems in connection with land.
“When we started the road project, we were only in possession of 20% of land. Now after mutual consent from private land holders about 80% of land is clear for construction,” said IDA chairman Shankar Lalwani.
But there are many challenges that have to be tackled for construction of the road on time. The first one is the Swadeshi Mill land - IDA will require a significant portion (approximately one acre) of mill land, which is under litigation now.
The Indore Municipal Corporation and the Madhya Pradesh government are trying to resolve the issue and hand over the land to us, said an IDA official.
Then the IDA will have to erect two bridges - one on Saraswati river and another on a water stream joining the Saraswati river near Banganga railway crossing.
Further, it is facing hurdle in the form of a low income group colony in Bhagirathpura consisting about 70 - 80 houses. The projected MR-4 road falls on the Bhagirathpura group colony.
The families are alleged to have encroached on government land, while the families say they have been living there for decades and have proper documents to support their claims.
The district administration is said to be negotiating with the residents about their resettlement.
IDA is far from completing the project on time for the coming Simhastha mela, the officials are optimistic. The road may not be of same width all through - the proposed width is 150 feet, but at many places due to unavailability of land the road will be squeezed into 100 - 120 feet, said an official.
The MR-4 road project, proposed by IDA in December 2014, is still in the process of acquiring land and is facing litigations on it.
The road will enable thousands of passengers coming for Simhastha mela to alight at Laxmibai Nagar station and reach Ujjain directly avoiding heavy city traffic.