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Decks cleared for underpass at Manimajra rail crossing

Local MP Kirron Kher on Monday said all clearances have been taken from the railway ministry and the UT administration for construction of an underpass at the Manimajra level crossing.

punjab Updated: Nov 08, 2016 13:37 IST
HT Correspondent

Local MP Kirron Kher on Monday said all clearances have been taken from the railway ministry and the UT administration for construction of an underpass at the Manimajra level crossing.

The Rs 4.25 crore project, once completed, will provide relief to nearly 2 lakh commuters who pass through the level crossing and have to face huge traffic snarls on everyday basis.

“It was a long-pending demand of area residents. The foundation stone will be laid once the code of conduct for the civic body elections is over in the last week of December. The project will be completed by September 2017,” the MP said.

“Another advantage of constructing the underbridge is that the commuters between Chandigarh and Panchkula can opt for an alternative route,” she said.

Presently, the Madhya Marg connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula bears a large share of traffic, causing congestion. People don’t prefer the road from Manimajra due to the level crossing.

Takes a jibe at Bansal

The MP taking a dig at her predecessor Pawan Kumar Bansal said he could not get the approval despite the fact that he was railway minister.

“It seems that there was less traffic on the stretch during his tenure. People have been facing traffic snarls for years. I do not know why he was not able to get it (approval),” she said.

When contacted, Bansal said, “She is into habit of claiming that she has done everything. It will not be strange that one fine day she will say she has designed Chandigarh. As far as the underpass is concerned, I got all the approvals. But since the MC told us that service lanes under the crossing had to be shifted, work had to be stopped.”