Union ministry cuts short Chandigarh’s 1st flyover project
Union minister Nitin Gadkari had held a meeting with the officers of Chandigarh administration in Delhi last week, where Lok Sabha member Kirron Kher was also present.punjab Updated: Jul 30, 2018 11:09 IST
The Union minister for road transport and highways has raised objections to Chandigarh’s first flyover project, asking the officers in the city to bring down its length from 6.5km to 1.5km and cost from Rs 800 crore to Rs 250 crore.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari had held a meeting with the officers of Chandigarh administration in Delhi last week, where Lok Sabha member Kirron Kher was also present.
With Chandigarh tasked with reworking the design and submitting a fresh proposal, the project is set to be delayed by at least a month. The work was earlier planned to begin in December this year and be completed in two years thereafter.
The project was conceived to ease traffic flow on the congested Dakshin Marg, especially the Tribune roundabout. Around 1.43 lakh vehicles cross the rotary every day.
What all has been curtailed
Sources said the ministry has asked the UT officers to construct the flyover from near the railway overbridge in Hallomajra to the Government Medical College and Hospital roundabout on Dakshin Marg.
Officers in the ministry reportedly said there no need of other proposed components of the project — underpass at the Hallomajra chowk, elevated corridor with rotary at the Tribune roundabout and underpass at Purab Marg.
Now, it will comprise of just a 1.5km flyover with an underpass at the Tribune roundabout. With this, the cost should come down to Rs 250 crore, the ministry told Chandigarh officers, adding that the flyover can be further extended after a few years according to the requirements. The entire project cost will be borne by the Union ministry.
A senior Chandigarh officer, who did not wish to be named, said the Mumbai-based consultant, STUP Consultants Pvt Ltd, will be asked to prepare the new plan according to the instructions of the Union ministry, which will be submitted within two weeks.
“Though we were expecting to start the construction in December this year, the project will now be delayed by another month,” he said.
Timeline of the project
June 2016: Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari approves flyover project.
December 2017: Mumbai-based STUP Consultants Pvt Ltd submits detailed project report.
July 2018: Union ministry objects to the proposal, seeks fresh one.
Deadline: Now, instead of December 2018, construction is expected to begin in January 2019. It is to be completed in two years thereafter.
First Published: Jul 30, 2018 11:02 IST