The pedestrian underpass at Aggar Nagar will be opened for public on November 18.
On the request of the residents of Aggar Nagar, the project connecting blocks A and B of Aggar Nagar was initially scheduled to start in 2001 when the chief minister had laid its foundation stone. But, the work started in 2010 when deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had again laid its foundation stone.
The project was to be completed within one year, but it delayed, as eight laning of Ferozepur Road started in the meantime.
Now, the pedestrian underpass built with a cost of `3.5 crore is ready for the public. There are 13 shops on the 50-metre long underpass between two blocks, from where pedestrians can purchase various articles too.
On a visit to the underpass, it was found that whitewash was being done, while a team of MC was seen cleaning the adjoining areas where garbage was being dumped.
A resident, Pankaj Jindal, said, "The underpass will be beneficial for the public, as they can easily go through underpass, but the authorities should also ensure provision of security there."
"Besides, the garbage being dumped adjoining the underpass is another problem. We want the MC to shift it to another place," he said.
MC executive engineer HS Bhullar said, "The underpass is ready for opening, and it will be beneficial for residents. Cabinet minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon will inaugurate the pedestrian underpass."
MC health and sanitation wing chief Amarjeet Singh Sekhon said, "We will shift the dump outside the underpass as directions have been issued in this regard."
Underpasses not being built as per requirement
It is pertinent to mention here that a similar pedestrian underpass was constructed outside the mini-secretariat, which proved to be a white elephant. As it was not being used by the public, it was locked. A huge amount was spent to build this underpass.
Manjeet Singh, a resident, said, "We have been demanding to construct such underpass or footbridge at city bus stand - Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-State Bus Terminus, where it is much required, but the authorities don't seem to pay attention. People face inconvenience while crossing the road outside bus stand."