After much dilly delaying and several extended deadlines, the much needed Ring Road phase II road is expected to go functional as the work on the project has been completed and the same is expected to be dedicated to the public on October 31.
The road which will connect the Bathinda - Malout road with the Bathinda - Badal village road is expected to help reduce traffic congestion in the city as the vehicles plying from Badal village towards Malout road and vice versa will no longer need to enter the city after the road becomes functional.
Besides this, the road will also connect the Bhisiana civil airport with the Guru Gobind Singh refinery.
According to the officials of the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA), the completion of the seven-kilometer road project was getting delayed as construction on the railway over bridge over the road had been stopped.
Chief administrator of Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) Varinder Kumar Sharma said the work on the project, including the over bridge, had been completed so they had planned to inaugurate the road on October 31 as several dignitaries are expected to visit the city on that day.
"We have completed all the formalities for inaugurating the road. As central government ministers are expected to be in Bathinda on that day to launch the Bathinda - New Delhi Shatabadi and both, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, will also be present, we have planned to formally open the road for vehicles. We will request the ministers to do so but if they are not available, we will seek time from the chief minister and deputy chief minister for this purpose," he said.
The project worth Rs75 crore has been completed with the construction of the road and a portion of the over bridge by the BDA with a budget of Rs54.11 crore while railways have constructed the remaining portion of the bridge with a budget of Rs20.89 crore.
However, work on Ring Road Phase I which is also aimed at diverting traffic from within the city, is yet to be resumed as the matter in this regard is in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Sharma said the work on Phase I project is yet to be resumed as the matter is sub judice. The residents and owners of plots whose land is to be acquired under the project had filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court to exclude their land and structures under the project. The three-decade old project is aimed at easing out the traffic towards Mansa from within the city.