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Now travel from Chandigarh to Patiala in just one hour from October

The Bahadurgarh flyover will be thrown open to traffic by July 31 while the railway overbridge on the Rajpura-Patiala bypass will become functional by August 31

punjab Updated: Jul 07, 2017 12:23 IST
Gagandeep Singh
The flyover under construction at Banur on the Zirakpur­Patiala highway. The project includes 12 bridges, including 700m Bahadurgarh flyover, underpasses and railway overbridges.
The flyover under construction at Banur on the Zirakpur­Patiala highway. The project includes 12 bridges, including 700m Bahadurgarh flyover, underpasses and railway overbridges.(Siddhant Sharma/HT)

The much-delayed Zirakpur-Patiala four-laning project will be completed by October 2017. This will reduce the travel time between Chandigarh and Patiala by over 30 minutes. Presently, it takes more than one-and-a-half hour to reach Patiala from city.

The project, which started in September 2015, has already missed its March 2017 deadline. The 50-km-long project has been divided into two phases —Zirakpur-Rajpura and Rajpura-Patiala. While the work on the Zirakpur-Rajpura section will be completed by October, the other section of the highway will be thrown open for traffic by September.

The project includes 12 bridges, including 700m Bahadurgarh flyover, underpasses and a railway overbridges. The Rs 600-crore project is being executed by Centrodorstroy (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Public works department (PWD) executive engineer APS Brar said: “We will open the Bahadurgarh flyover by July 31 while the railway overbridge on the Rajpura-Patiala bypass will become functional by August 31. The Gain Sagar College and Chitkara College overbridges have already been thrown open for traffic.”

Instructions have been issued to the contractor to follow safety norms by deputing traffic marshals for the smooth flow of traffic on the under construction highway, he said.

Superintendent engineer, PWD, TS Chahal said: “The project will be completed by the deadline. The March deadline was extended due to addition of some more structures in the project.”

TO EASE TRAFFIC BOTTLENECKS

The road connects Chandigarh to many districts of the Malwa region, including Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Bathinda, Fazilka and some parts of Haryana such as Sirsa. The road is highly accident-prone owing to heavy traffic flow. According to police records, at least two accidents are reported on the stretch per day.

CONSTRUCTION CAUSES WATERLOGGING

Due to the construction work, long traffic jams are witnessed in Zirakpur and Banur. Some areas in Zirakpur are also waterlogged during rains.

BOON FOR ZIRAKPUR

Onece complete, the project will provide a much-needed relief to people living in colonies on the Zirakpur-Patiala highway as these areas have been affected by waterlogging, noise pollution and snarl-ups.

Dera Bassi ex-MLA Deepinder Singh Dhillon said the project should be completed on time to ease the traffic flow near the Lucky Dhaba area in Zirakpur. “I will also request the Punjab government to plan a bypass road for Zirakpur as permanent solution to traffic jams.

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