Even as the work on phase 1 and 2 projects of the ring road still remains to be accomplished, the Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) has come up with yet another ambitious plan of extending the 100 feet road beyond the Bhagu road to ease out traffic in the city.
At a meeting of the traffic advisory and road safety committee held on Monday, BDA officials came up with the project aimed at extending the 100 feet road beyond its ending point at Bhagu road and link it with the Bathinda-Mansa road before the railway over bridge (RoB).
Chief administrator, BDA, Varinder Kumar Sharma, said the linking of the 100 feet road with the Bathinda-Mansa over bridge has been proposed in view of the heavy traffic.
"The project discussed at the meeting is at the planning stage only. However, we have taken a step in this direction by starting negotiations with owners of the property which needed to be acquired for this. The initial examination of the viability of the project has revealed that there are about nine houses and about eight shops which need to be acquired for the project," he said.
Claiming that the people of the area too want to get rid of the heavy traffic on the Bhagu road and are interested in the project, he said that the BDA has planned to accommodate the affected families in the urban estate
phase-4 to be set up on the land to be vacated after shifting the central jail to a new location in Govindpura near here.
"A major part of the planned road will need acquisition of the government land and only a few families will be affected. However, nothing will be done against the wish of people. The project details will be sent to the state government in a few days, and I am hopeful that it will get the required sanction," he said, adding that once completed, the road will serve as an inner ring road and the burden of traffic to and fro Mansa in the city will be eased out.
However, with the BDA already facing tough times in completing the ring road, the question might be raised about the authority's capabilities in accomplishing this project as well.
The work on phase I of the ring road project is yet to be completed as the matter is sub judice on a petition by owners of the land to be acquired.
Sharma said that he can't comment on the ring road project phase 1 as the matter is in the court. However, he claimed that the ring road phase 2 will be completed before August 15 as the work on the RoB is in full gear these days.