ROB and Elevated road construction will ease traffic congestion and benefit people
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav today inaugurated the four lane railway over bridge (ROB) at Mahatma Gandhi road and an elevated road on the right side of the ROB at Gomti Nagar. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Cantt side of the ROB. Present on the occasion were PWD Minister Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav, Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan and Political Pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary. The event was presided over by former UP Chief Minister Mr. Narayan Dutt Tiwari.
The ROB and the Elevated Road have been built by the UP Rajya Setu Nigam. Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Rural Development Mr. Arvind Singh Gope, MoS PWD Mr. Surendra Singh Patel, other people’s representatives, GoC in Chief (Central Command) Lt. General Rajan Bakshi, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan, Principal Secretary (PWD) Mr. Kishan Singh Atoria, Principal Secretary (Information) Mr. Navneet Sehgal, MD of UP State Bridge Corporation Mr. Rajan Mittal and other officers were also present at the function.
It may be pointed out here that vehicle going to Telibagh (Mahatma Gandhi road), Sultanpur, Varanasi, Rae Bareli, Kanpur and Allahabad pass through Loreto Convent square. The number of trains passing through the Lucknow-Dilkusha railway section is also high and hence railway crossing-214 (special) is closed many a times in the day which leads to traffic jam. After construction of the four-lane overbridge, people will no longer face traffic jams and inconvenience.
The length of the ROB is 655.95 metre and a sum of Rs. 4205 lakhs has been spent on its construction. The cost of main bridge is Rs. 1000.93 lakhs and of the approach road is Rs. 3204.07 lakhs. Work on this overbridge strated in June 2013 and concluded in October 2014. The 66.50 metre long main bridge of the ROB has also been built by the Bridge Corporation under an MoU with the Railways. The 08 number steel girder (200 metric tonne) was launched in a record period of five months.
In the same way, the elevated road on the right side of the ROB in Gomti Nagar will also benefit commuters and people. On this place, only two lane road was available on the right side of the road. In such a situation, it was imperative that the road be widened and to do so an elevated road was constructed over the full length of the graveyard without any construction on the graveyard. Traffic has been eased by linking the approach road to the earlier constructed ROB. The road is 359.50 metre long and the cost of constructing it is Rs 868.35 lakh.
Work had started on this in September 2013 and completed in September this year. Launching of 46.5 metre span four girders (around 140 metric tonne) was constructed over the graveyard. In the tenure of the present government so far foundation stone of 262 short and long bridges has been laid. Of these, 94 are long bridges, 119 short bridgs while 49 are ROBs. As many as 231 bridges of various categories have been inaugurated so far of which 148 are long bridges, 47 short bridges and 36 ROB’s.
To ease traffic and bring to end problems faced by people while commuting, the present government has taken several initiatives and as part of these prompt construction of ROBs is being done. The State Government in 2012-13 has approved construction of 17 flyover bridges and 28 flyover bridges in 2013-14. For 2014-15, proposals for 14 flyovers is under active consideration. After approval from the state government, at present work is on 259 bridges. A target of 15 bridges has been fixed for completion in 2014-15. In the same process, bridges are being built on main rivers flowing in the state. Of these 11 bridges are being built on Ganga, 12 on Yamuna, 15 on Gomti, 11 on Rapti and 14 bridges on other major rivers like Ram Ganga, Chambal, Ghaghra, Kane, Dhasan, Betwa and Qwari rivers.