Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is likely to lay the foundation stone of Chandan Nagar railway under-bridge (RUB), the ambitious project in the Jalandhar North assembly constituency, on February 11.
Jalandhar North MLA KD Bhandari, MC commissioner MS Chattwal and mayor Sunil Jyoti handed over a draft of Rs 8.64 crore to railway officials, led by deputy chief engineer (constructions) Rakesh Sabharwal for the construction of the under-bridge.
Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines, Sunil Jyoti said, "After the completion of the under- bridge, the next phase of work would be taken over by the Public Works Department (PWD) which is estimated to cost Rs 12.76 crore."
Nearly 1.49 acres of land is being acquired for the construction of the RUB and the compensation of over Rs 18.12 crore for the acquired land was given to 9 different persons by the corporation.
The government had provided Rs 16.76 crore for the purpose and the rest of the amount was arranged by the MC from its own resources.
There are three railway crossings on the Amritsar-Jalandhar main lines at Ram Nagar, Chandan Nagar and Adda Hoshiarpur, which are being used for connectivity with other parts of Jalandhar by most of the residents of Jalandhar North constituency. But, due to heavy railway traffic on the route all the railway crossings remain closed for most of the time.
For Adda Hoshiarpur, residents have an option to use Domoria Bridge but for Ram Nagar and Chandan Nagar railway crossings, residents have no option other than to wait for hours.
An RUB was proposed in between Ram Nagar and Chandan Nagar railway crossing for the convenience of the residents and its assurance was initially given by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in 2006 during one of the poll meetings.
KD Bhandari's poll issue?
The railway under-bridge was the issue on which KD Bhandari had successfully contested the assembly election in 2007. He, however, failed to fulfil the promise and the project had been in doldrums for the last six years.
Angry residents of the area had now started holding agitations under the banner of the Chamber of Northern Welfare Society.