No alternative routes near sites of construction irk commuters

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Charanjit Singh Teja

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 11

The construction company, hired by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to construct six flyovers on the outer ring road (bypass), has not provided proper alternative routes near the construction sites till date. Residents have been facing inconvenience due to traffic jams and dust.

Moreover, due to inappropriate diversions at the Majitha road bypass chowk and Ranjit Avenue turn, residents are putting their lives at risk. Residents can be seen crossing the divider on one of the busiest roads in the city. The situation is worse at the Majitha road bypass chowk where commuters have broken the divider to cross the road. The construction company has made a cut through the divider around 400-metre away from the construction site at the bypass chowk but the commuters are not using that.

As per the rules, the construction company should make a separate lane for the diversion of traffic near the construction site. The company did not construct any alternative path for the commuters even two months after the start of the work.

Vignesh, site in-charge of the firm, said, “There are several issues which are delaying the construction of alternative lanes. The nullah along the bypass road is the property of the Irrigation Department. There is a land dispute with the Irrigation Department. How can we construct a road on their land. We met the district administration officials to demand land and road clearance. Residents are facing inconvenience due to the dilly-dallying of the administration.”

It is worth mentioning here that the NHAI has been constructing six flyovers on the bypass road from Daburji to Naryangarh for the ease of commuters on NH-1. The construction to complete the remaining work on the service lanes along with the bypass road has also been initiated.

The work at Verka Chowk, Majitha road bypass chowk and Ranjit Avenue turn near Anand Park has started. The construction of flyovers at Fatehgarh Churian road chowk and Ram Tirath road chowk is yet to begin.

Officials of the contractor allege it is due to the apathy of the departments concerned that they are not able to construct flyovers within the given deadline.

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