With the three main railway crossings in the city without Railway Over Bridges (ROBs), traffic chaos is a matter of routine at these points of the city.
The ongoing work on ROB on the Ring Road Phase-II project that will connect the Malout road with the road towards Badal village is getting delayed, while the file of ROB on Bathinda-Malout road is yet to get the final clearance from central government.
It is also be noted that that the authorities who constructed the ROB on one of two railway crossings on Bathinda-Badal village road had left the second crossing unfinished due to unknown reasons and that had resulted in traffic chaos on the roads.
Even as the work on the ROB on ring road phase II project was supposed to be completed by the December 31, last year, the same is not expected to be accomplished soon. The road will divert the traffic from Malout towards Badal village as vehicles plying towards Badal village and Dabwali in Haryana will need not to enter the city, if the work on ROB gets completed.
Bathinda Development Authority (BDA) chief administrator Varinder Kumar Sharma said that the body was executing a project worth Rs 40-crore.
He claimed that the BDA had completed its portion of work and now the railways was the one left to complete their part of construction. He claimed that the two parties were in touch and the railways had assured them the project would be complete by March 31.
Though, there has been a demand for an ROB at the Bathinda-Malout Road for some time, the project is yet to get final clearance from the centre.
Executive engineer, public works department (buildings and roads), department, Manjit Singh said that a Rs 47-crore project for construction of an 1.25-km ROB line has been sanctioned by the finance committee of the central government and that the file had sent to the ministry of road transport and highways for final approval. He added that the final approval was expected within 15-20 days and tenders for the file would be floated soon.
Also, the shortsightedness of the executing authorities was resulting in traffic snarls on Bathinda-Badal road. There are two railway crossings on the road at a distance of about one km. A ROB is being built on one of the crossings, but not on the nearby one. Sources have claimed that previously there was a proposal to construct a single ROB over both the railway crossings.
However, the second structure was left out allegedly due to pressure from the real estate lobby as the ROB could have lowered the property rates in the area.