Chandigarh’s Tribune flyover hits yet another roadblock, delayed by 7 months

Union ministry rejects consultant cost, work was to start in December, would now begin in July 2018

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2017 13:59 IST
Hillary Victor 
Hillary Victor 
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The flyover is planned from the UT boundary (Zirakpur) till the Tribune Chowk covering a distance of 5km. (HT File )

In a major blow to the city’s first flyover project, Union ministry for road transport and highways has rejected the UT administration’s proposal to hire a consultant at a cost of Rs 4 crore, citing the amount as ‘too high’.

The flyover is planned from the UT boundary (Zirakpur) till the Tribune Chowk covering a distance of 5km.

Now, the project is delayed by around seven months as the UT administration has been asked to prepare a fresh proposal, and it will take three months to finalise the consultant. The construction work was to start in December this year, but will now start in July 2019 and is supposed to be completed by July 2021.

About the project
  • 2.5 lakh vehicles cross Tribune Chowk everyday
  • Rs 300 crore project cost
  • 5km length of flyover
  • A cloverleaf flyover, it will open in all directions allowing easy interchange among routes

It was in June 2016, when Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari approved the project and assured that work will start in December 2017 and will be completed in two years, but UT administration took one year to finalise the consultant, which was later rejected by the ministry on September 5. The entire cost will be borne by the Union ministry.

Speaking to HT, UT chief engineer Mukesh Anand said, “The ministry has rejected our consultant citing cost as the reason. Now again we will float tenders and it will take another two months to finalise the consultant and we will send it to ministry for approval. Once it is approved, the consultant will prepare a detailed project report (DPR), for which they will take at least four months. Once the DPR is prepared, it will be sent to the ministry for approval, following which the work will start. The project has been delayed by six months.”

The project was approved as in the survey it was found that more than 2.5 lakh vehicles cross the Tribune Chowk every day. This being the only entry and exit point for the traffic moving from Zirakpur, Ambala and parts of Punjab, the traffic snarls are a common sight at the chowk.

In the Comprehensive Mobility Plan submitted to the UT administration earlier, the RITES had stated that Tribune Chowk exhibits high traffic volumes with more than 1 lakh passenger car units.

The daily traffic volume (16 hours) of total vehicles of 1.43 lakh, including 1.35 lakh passenger car units (PCUs) was observed at the rotary of Dakshin Marg and Purva Marg near Sector-31 Tribune Chowk.

Speaking to HT, the chairman of Federation of Sectors Welfare Association of Chandigarh (FOSWAC), Baljinder Singh Bittu said, “It is sad that it is more than one year as they failed to finalise the consultant. It is caught in red- tape and god knows when they are going to start the project.”

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 13:58 IST