Delays in approval prevented the eight-lane railway overbridge (ROB) coming up on the super corridor from being completed in time for the Global Investors’ Summit (GIS), the Indore Development Authority (IDA) has claimed.
IDA had set an October deadline for completing the eight-lane ROB proposed along an approximate length of 900 metres and carrying a price tag of Rs 43.43 crore.
It was to be one of the projects to be showcased to would-be investors attending the summit. "We wanted to complete the facility before the meet (GIS). But the work was delayed by around three months as the Western Railways (WR) did not approve the design," IDA Chairman Shankar Lalwani told HT.
In response to a question Lalwani said the approval was delayed because WR authorities wanted iron slabs to be laid over the railway span (the portion of the ROB directly above the tracks).
"We told them that the project sanctioned by IDA called for cement-concrete, and not iron, slabs to be laid on the railway span," said the IDA chairman.
Lalwani said railways had approved the design and the project was likely to be completed by "the end of November." A senior IDA engineer speaking on the condition of anonymity, however, said WR had only "cleared the design for the foundation and piers which are already standing."
"They still haven’t given us approval for launching the girders and keep saying it will arrive in a day or two," he added. Senior public relations officer of Western Railways, Indore, Jitendra Kumar Jayant said only iron slabs were being used on the railway span for quite some time now.
"Cement slabs are not used because these can cause problems. Moreover, the span is either designed by us or under our supervision," Kumar said.
In response to another question, Jayant said he couldn’t immediately confirm whether WR had approved the design. "I’m still new to this post so I cannot say anything without checking the record," he said.
The state government has agreed to cover 50% of the costs for the facility on the super corridor, proposed repository of special economic zones by IT bellwethers Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys. The ROB is expected to play a key role in ferrying pilgrims to Ujjain for the Simhastha Mela in 2016.