In a move that will benefit commuters, schoolchildren and college students who have to cross the railway lines near Lyallpur Khalsa College since a flyover was constructed at the site, the public works department (PWD) will soon construct a subway to save them from the hassle.
The public works department (PWD) has sent drawings and other documents of the proposed subway to the Northern Railways for approval. Once it gets approved, the department will work on the estimated cost of the project.
The subway will facilitate pedestrians as two-wheelers, cycles and other vehicles will not be able to cross it due to its low height under the rail lines.
Residents of Defense Colony, Ranjit Nagar and Cantonment Board have been demanding construction of a subway across the Jalandhar-Nakodar railway line for some time as schoolchildren and the elderly were forced to take longer routes from Garha Road to reach their destination.
The proposed move will provide a big relief to the parents of the children studying at two private schools situated on the Cantonment Road side.
The subway will help them save time.
A PWD official said several meetings were held by senior officials in this connection in the past two years with local bodies, railways and other departments to look at the feasibility of the project.
He said a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by a resident in the Punjab and Haryana high court after the construction of railway overbridge (ROB) near Lyallpur Khalsa College in August 2010 following which crossing was closed for pedestrians.
The court had directed the government to make suitable arrangements for passage of non-motorised vehicles near the crossing. He said the department had earlier planned to construct subways on the both sides, including one for cyclists, but they had to make some alterations in the plan due to some constraints.
BS Tuli, PWD executive engineer, said drawings had been forwarded to the Northern Railways for approval last Friday.
After getting approval from the railway authorities, the estimated cost of the project and tender documents would be prepared and then sent to the state government for sanction, he added.