Over 1,000 vehicles to pass daily through new MR 10
ABOUT 1200-2000 commercial vehicles per day are expected to pass through the stretch of Major Road (MR) 10 developed from Sukhaliya to Ujjain road in view of the Simhastha. The Simhastha road has now become operational.
About 10 lakh people are likely to pass through the operational road during religious fair. The road will save a distance of six kilometers for commuters going to Ujjain Road from eastern parts of city.
Talking to reporters on the completion of the stretch of MR 10, IDA chief engineers S S Mishra and P K Mistry informed that the road would be a one-way traffic on the days of ‘Shahi Snan’. Responding to query on installation of railway crossing, which Western Railways (WR) said it would remove on May 16, Mishra said IDA has asked WR to install an automatic signalling and gate closing system after Simhastha.
It is unlikely that gate would be removed after the given date, he said and added that railway gate would be closed to road traffic after train leaves Laxmibai Nagar railway station in the west and Mangaliya in the east. The commuters will be required to wait for 10-12 minutes every time a train would pass.
Pointing out the delay in construction, IDA chief engineer said that site was cleared on February 28, though the court had cleared the land for development in June 2003. Encroachment removal took time as 46 houses and five factories in Kurmedi and Sukhaliya villages were removed. IDA paid Rs 3 crore as compensation following encroachment removal. Besides, sewer lines passing through Holkar state land on Ganda Talav in Sukhaliya were also shifted along with MPSEB lines at three places, Mistry said.
A broad gauge railway line and Khan river crosses MR 10. The portion of the MR 10 completed in view of Simhastha is about 2 km in asphalt and 2 km in concrete. A four-inch thick asphalt layer would be laid after Simhastha concludes. A stretch of the six-lane bridge built across Khan river is also complete. The bridge will cost Rs 1.75 crore. IDA has spent Rs 8 crore on the MR 10 project so far.
The proposed six-lane MR 10 would be 75 meter wide with two-carriage ways of 10.5 meter each. Besides, two service roads have been proposed, one on each side. The project will cost Rs 34 crore. In addition, the railway overbridge to be built across Khan river will cost Rs 18 crore. Out of total, four-lane concrete road would be completed by July this year, Mishra said.
There are plans to extend MR 10 to airport. The process of land diversion for the extended road in Scheme No 151 is underway. About 100 hectares has been made available to IDA for development along MR 10. This includes 31 hectares for road construction, 24.26 hectares for industrial use, 32.32 hectares for agricultural use, 2.21 hectares for land development and 4.33 hectares for parking. IDA and MP Housing Board jointly developed the portion of MR 10 from A B Road to Sukhaliya a decade back.