Minister of State (MoS) for Railways, Manoj Sinha, and Ghaziabad MP General (retired) VK Singh laid the foundation stone for the Dhobighat rail overbridge (ROB) in Ghaziabad on Friday. The facility is to be completed in two years with the Rs.79.16 crore cost to be equally shared by the Railways and the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA). The Railways has already sent a demand letter to the GDA for its share of funds.
The demand for the ROB had been pending for over 15 years as there is only a two-lane underpass at Gaushala Phatak for commuting between Ghaziabad city and Vijay Nagar along national highway (NH) 24.
“The ROB was an old demand of city residents and we had assured them of the facility during the 2014 elections. In the first budget of the present Central government, the demand for the ROB was included. This is how the government you chose works for development,” said General Singh.
According to railway officials, the 9.5-metre wide and 686-metre-long overbridge will connect Chaudhary Morh on one side of the Ghaziabad railway station to Vijay Nagar on the other side. Officials added that tenders for construction of the ROB and railway quarters have been invited and were opened on June 16.
MoS (Railways) Manoj Sinha said that UP was sanctioned lesser funds in the 2009-10 rail budget as compared to the 2014-15 rail budget. He added that under the present Central government, the state’s share for railway works went up to around Rs.4,516 crore in 2015-16 and almost Rs.5,000 crore in 2016-17.
“The ROB was much needed as commuters had to use a single underpass to move to both sides of the Ghaziabad railway station. There are many infrastructure works we are carrying out throughout the state. We are also expanding the electrification work in western UP, from Meerut to Tapri, which will be completed in a year. An amount of Rs.200 crore has also been sanctioned for connecting western UP to states like Haryana, Punjab and J&K,” Sinha said.
With the upcoming elections in UP, the BJP-led Central government is focusing more on development works in the state. Earlier in June, General Singh had arrived at Ghaziabad railway station and inaugurated new facilities of a train coach guidance system and a water vending machine.