Akota-Dandia Bazaar link: VMC finalises contractor

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Thursday finalised a contractor to construct the road section towards the Dandia Bazar in the Akota-Dandia Bazar link.

Written by Gopal Kateshiya | Vadodara | Published: July 13, 2012 5:58 am

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) on Thursday finalised a contractor to construct the road section towards the Dandia Bazar in the Akota-Dandia Bazar link. However,the project may be delayed as the railways is yet to finalise the proposal for constructing a part of the bridge.

According a proposal forwarded by the municipal commissioner to the standing committee of VMC, the Road Projects Department of the civic body has awarded the work on the road to Rajkamal Builders Infrastructure Pvt Ltd of Vadodara. The cost of the work has been fixed at Rs 34.33 crore,which is Rs 2.24 crore more than the original estimate.

The ambitious Rs 80-crore link begins with a 1,200-metre long road from Dandia Bazar to a bridge which will cross the Vishwamitri river and railway tracks before ending near the Akota area.

The Vadodara division of Western Railway (WR) is to construct a 82.10 metre-long railway overbridge (ROB) as part of the bridge in the link.

“Once it is finalised,the contractor will have 18 months to complete the road. We want to ensure that the project is not delayed further,” said Dhiren Talapada,executive engineer of the Road Projects Department of the VMC.

Ahmedabad-based Ranjit Buildcon Limited,the contractor for the bridge section,has already completed the 383.75 metre approach road to the ROB from Dandia Bazaar and the 270 metre stretch from Akota side. The bridge section is estimated to cost the civic body around Rs 45 crore. The WR is however expected to take more time as it is yet to finalise the costs for the ROB.

“The sanction for a detailed estimate for the ROB was expected last month but we have not received it from our headquarters in Mumbai till now,” said a top official of the Vadodara division of WR. The official added that the proposal would most probably take a year to get approved.

The six-lane road bridge is expected to ease traffic woes in Dandia Bazar and in a few other areas. As of now,commuters have to cross the river and the railway tracks by driving either over Vishwamitri bridge or the Jetalpur flyover. Both the bridges are at least at the distance of two kilometres from Dandia Bazar. The committee is expected to decide on the proposal at a meeting on Friday.

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