Chandigarh’s 1st flyover on Dakshin Marg to be 1.5 km, ministry seeks fresh design

Tribune flyover

The Hush Post: The length of Chandigarh’s first flyover project has been truncated from the present 6.5 km to 1.5 km.

This was done at a meeting of the Union minister for road transport and highways where officers were asked to truncate the length of the flyover from 6.5km to 1.5km and also bring down the 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. Also present at the meeting was Lok Sabha member Kirron Kher.

Since the whole project will have to be reworked, the design and submission of the fresh proposal will be delayed. The work was earlier planned to get set from December this year and completed in two-year time.

The project was conceived to ease traffic flow on the congested Dakshin Marg, especially at the Tribune roundabout. Around 1.50 lakh vehicles cross the roundabout every day.

As per a report in the Hindustan Times, 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 was 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 just a 1.5km flyover with an underpass at the Tribune roundabout.

With this, the cost of the project would come down to Rs 250 crore, the ministry told Chandigarh officers, adding that the flyover can be further extended after a few years given the need.

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