Leaving no stone unturned to woo voters ahead of the assembly elections, the SAD-BJP government has approved the long-pending project for widening of the Kapurthala-Subhanpur road at a budget of Rs 15 crore.
The work on the 12-kilometre long stretch, from Kanjli Wetland Bridge to Subhanpur, is set to start by the end of this month and will be completed before June 30, 2017.
Currently, the Kapurthala-Subhanpur road has a width of 23-ft, which would be widened to 33-ft under this project by the public works department (PWD).
The state government will also widen the Kanjli Bridge, which has not been repaired for the last 15 years, by about 15-ft under the project.
The PWD department had recently declared the bridge unsafe for heavy vehicles but the police are yet to stop the entry of heavy vehicles on the road.
This was the most-awaited project for city residents as a number of accidents occur on this stretch every year due to the small width of the road.
The Kapurthala-Subhanpur road has not been repaired for over five years and has become dangerous for commuters due to potholes and transportation of overloaded trucks and tippers.
As per the figure released by the traffic police, about 50 accidents have occurred on this stretch this year alone and seven people have lost their life.
Harmanveer Singh, driver of a private bus, said that the road is not only full of potholes but is also very dangerous for heavy vehicles due to the short width of the road.
“With repair and widening of the road, commuting would hopefully become easy,” he said.
Pawan Kumar, executive engineer PWD, said, “The project was approved by the state government last week and we will float tenders for the project very soon.” He said that the construction of road and repair work of the bridge will be completed within six months.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Jaskiran Singh on Thursday issued written orders to Kapurthala SSP asking him to prevent heavy trucks and tippers from using the bridge after a PWD report highlighted that the Kanjli bridge was unsafe for heavy vehicles.
On the basis of the PWD report, DC said Kanjali Bridge, that was constructed 30 to 35 years ago, is in very poor condition and it needs immediate repair. But nowadays, vehicles having weight over 30 tons travel on the bridge, which is not safe and needed to be stopped immediately.
Sources said that overloaded tippers of stones and sand use this road to avoid toll plaza at Cholang village. They used to divert the heavy vehicles from Begowal towards Kapurthala by passing on the Subhanpur road.
The DC directed police to ban the entry of heavy vehicles by diverting their ways from Subhanpur.