Traffic bottlenecks at the entry point to the city following delay in construction of flyovers at PAP Chowk and Rama Mandi Chowk will ease soon as the work on these two ambitious projects which has been stopped from the past four years will start in a fortnight.
Project director-cum-general manager (technical), National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Vipan Sharma confirmed the development during his visit to the city to study the projects. He was part of a team of senior officials of the Union ministry of road transport and highways that visited the Jalandhar Cantonment Railway Crossing at Dakoha and Dhanowali on Monday to assess the viability of a railway overbridge at the Dakoha railway crossing and a railway underbridge (ROB) at the Dhanowali railway crossing.
“We have received all clearances from the defence ministry to shift the boundary walls to the defence area adjoining the proposed bridge. The process to acquire the land has already started and by next two weeks, the work on the ambitious project would begin,” Sharma said when Jalandhar central MLA Manoranjan Kalia questioned the team over the fate of flyovers. Kalia said the delay in construction of the flyovers had led to traffic chaos at Rama Mandi Chowk and PAP Chowk.
Deadlines for the project have been revised many times in the past two years.
Railway bridges at Dhanowali, Dakoha
The Union ministry team instructed officials to make the detailed project report of railway overbridge and undervridge and submit it within a week. The team has been asked to submit multiple proposals on the two projects. Kalia told the team that the railway crossings remains closed most of the time due to heavy rush of trains on this route and thousands of people living on the other sides of the crossings have to suffer.
“This traffic bottleneck has also resulted in deaths of many people, so the railway bridges were the need of the hour at these crossings,” said Kalia. These crossings fall on the busy Delhi-Amritsar railway section.
There is a need to construct a grade separator at this location of the Panipat-Jalandhar six-lane highway along with the railway bridges over these level crossings merging with the grade separator so that there is smooth entry and exit of traffic at these locations of Dakoha and Dhanowali.
Manager (technical), NHAI, KL Sachdeva, team leader D Sarkar, independent engineer KM Dixit from SOMA ISOLUX that is constructing six-lane project from Jalandhar to Panipat were also part of the team.