Commuters are a harried lot as official negligence has hit the completion of an underpass at BRS Nagar near Lodhi Club.
An underpass promised at the crossing is a solution to all traffic woes,even as work on the structure was planned to be completed in 13 months, it is moving at such a slow pace that only half the project is through after more than four years.
The crossing was closed in 2008 for the construction of the underpass. However, the project ran into rough waters and abruptly came to a halt a few months later. Fresh tenders were floated by the railway authorities and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) who are supervising the project.
Tenders were again passed on in December 2012 and work on the underpass began in January this year.According to officials at GLADA, work will finish in the stipulated time of 13 months.Even as denizens hope that March 2014, will bring them respite from the clogged traffic, the fact remains that irresponsible attitude of the authorities has dragged the work, causing inconvenience to the public.
The official blame game was on when contacted. They either blamed on another or gave contradictory replies.
RK Sharma, superintendent engineer (SE) GLADA officer, said that railways is working from the last three years as there was a technical problem which caused the hindrance in work. He added that GLADA would complete the work within 4 months.
Ravinder Sharma, station superintendent, said that they had made two roads of 7.5m and after asking him for delay in project, he said to contact the construction head. The construction heads phone was switched off.
Swaran Singh Jawanda, divisional engineer of GLADA, said, "A new tender was reissued on December 12, 2012 as the last tender was stopped due to problems with the tender holder and due to this process the work was delayed."