The proposal for the construction of a tunnel to bypass the traffic for curbing traffic congestion of the town has faced a setback as the public works department is yet to submit the proposal to the higher authorities.
The executive engineer office had prepared the proposal about two months ago, which was to be forwarded further to the chief engineer office, Shimla, but unfortunately the proposal is hanging fire for the past one-and-a-half months.
The proposal for tunnel construction was highlighted on September 23.
The executive engineer's office claims that the proposal was submitted to SE office for further perusal, but the SE office is claiming that the proposal is yet to be obtained.
Sources said as the construction of a 12-km bypass had been pending for the past 15 years, other possibilities should be explored.
When HT brought the case to the notice of chief parliamentary secretary (PWD) Vinay Kumar, he said innovative projects such as tunnel construction should not be delayed.
He added that he would direct officers to take immediate action.
Residents feel that after the completion of the tunnel, a heavy traffic flow from Shimla-Dehradun would be diverted, thus concrete steps should be taken in time.
Residents said the bypass was the need of the town.
Superintendent engineer RK Kainth said there was a verbal discussion about the proposal with the executive engineer, but it was yet to be come on record in his office. He admitted that such innovative projects should not be delayed.