JIT to float tender for 2nd phase even as first phase incomplete

  • Harvinder Kaur, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 12:47 IST
Work on the road at Surya Enclave Extension in progress in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

While the first phase of work on the 120 feet road at Surya Enclave Extension, that began almost two-and-a-half months ago, is still in progress, the Jalandhar Improvement Trust (JIT) has begun the process of initiating the second phase of the project.

Officials at JIT told HT on Wednesday that they had prepared the tentative estimate for the road construction in the second phase. Mukul Soni, JIT superintending engineer, sent the estimate to local government engineer-in-chief Manmohan Singh for technical approval to second phase of the project on Tuesday.

He said they were expecting a response within two days after which they would float the tender.

Meanwhile, the estimate that the JIT has prepared for the project is Rs 368 lakh.

“We will float the tender as soon as we get the technical approval. The work on the 120 feet road will be completed by the end of this year,” said Mukul Soni.

This four-lane road at Surya Enclave Extension, which was demarcated in October last year, will be a vital link joining the old areas of the city near Domoria Bridge to GT road. The road will also help the residents of the adjoining areas. Guru Gobind Singh Avenue, Santoshi Nagar and areas falling on the back side of the city railway station would be connected with the road.

Officials further said the road project in the area was being carried out in three phases.

In the first phase, 12,000 feet road length has to be constructed while in the second phase, the JIT has planned to construct 1,400 feet road length in the area.

JIT yet to start process of allotting plots

Though in the month of January, the JIT had announced to invite fresh applications for around 275 plots out of 575 plots that were yet to be allotted, nothing in this regard has been done till now by the department.

“We are still going through the details for the allotments and will start inviting applications for the plots within the next ten days,” said Parneet Bhardwaj, chairman of JIT.

When asked about the number of applications that would be invited, he said they still had to go through the details.

Though the Surya Enclave Extension project was in cold storage for a long time, it was only after the Punjab and Haryana high court verdict, upholding the local court’s decision pertaining to the 16 petitions of land acquisitions by the JIT, that work began conclusively on the project.

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