The much-awaited flyover on the Jalandhar-Kapurthala road that was scheduled to get functional by November end may get delayed as the public works department is yet to receive the permission from the railways to throw open the link.
The construction of the 800-metre long flyover opposite the Pushpa Gujral Science City is almost complete as the public works department has finished it, before the December deadline of the project.
Officials said the local railways zone was yet to get permission for permanent closure of the level crossing and laying pre-cast girders on the railway portion from the higher authorities.
However, the railways has got the permission for laying pre-cast girders from the railway safety commissioner while the permission for permanent closure of the level crossing is yet to be received as a result of they are facing trouble in throwing open the bridge.
The foundation stone of the `34 crore project was laid by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in June 2013 and was expected to be finished in 18 months.
The funds to construct the bridge have been provided by the state government’s infrastructure development board (PADB) and a part of the amount has been contributed by the railway authorities.
Once the railway overbridge becomes functional, commuters travelling from Jalandhar to Kapurthala and vice-versa will have an easy ride on the stretch and save 20 minutes.
Pawan Kumar, PWD executive engineer, said the construction work on the flyover has been completed at the cost of Rs31 crore.
“Permission is not a big issue. We will get it soon from the railway authorities and the bridge will get functional before its deadline,” Kumar claimed.
At present, commuters to Kapurthala take a detour from Dhaliwal Dona village, covering an extra distance of 6 kilometers to reach the city due to the construction of the flyover while commuters from Kapurthala to Jalandhar cover an extra 5 kilometres as they have to go via Wadala Khurd village.
Railways blocks one service lane
As the difference between the service lane and railway tracks is less as per the railway policy, the railway authorities have blocked one side of the service lane on the flyover, which has become a trouble for nearby villagers.
Villages located near the flyover such as Wadala Kalan, Wadala Khurd, Feali, Kot Karar Khan, Khaira Majha and Rasoolpur are facing difficulty commuting to the cities of Jalandhar or Kapurthala.
“The railways has blocked the service lane through which we can reach Jalandhar or Kapurthala. Now we have to take a ride of 5-7 km just to cover 500-metre distance,” said Raghunath Sharma, a resident of Wadala Kala.
He said the authorities should open this link for public so that they do not face inconvenience.
Pawan Kumar said there was a little misunderstanding with the railways and the PWD has done the right work.
“This way will also open for the public soon,” he said