A WEEK before the code of conduct for the Municipal Corporation polls comes into force, BJP MP Kirron Kher on Monday announced two major projects for the city — construction of road underbridge (RUB) at Manimajra and gas pipeline project which will be inaugurated on November 11. Addressing a press conference, Kher stated that the Ministry of Railways and Chandigarh Administration had given approval for RUB and the foundation stone would be laid immediately after the Municipal Corporation elections. The project would likely be completed by September 2017.
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The height of RUB will be 3 mts (10 feet) and the total width of the road will be 36 feet (18 on each side). There will be a water drainage system to avoid waterlogging during rainy season. The total estimated expenditure incurred on this project will be Rs 4.25 crore. “The RUB was the long-pending demand of residents as they would remain stuck in jams. All clearances for the construction of RUB have been taken,” the MP said. “It is a gift for the city.”
Kher took a dig at former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal stating that despite being a railway minister, he could not do anything on this issue. Bansal, however, said, “If the project is going to start, it is a good thing. But I may just mention that it was during my time that the money for this was sanctioned. One day Kher will even say that she made Chandigarh.” The construction of RUB was mooted more than five years ago. The level crossing at Manimajra is a traffic bottleneck. Every time a train crosses, there are traffic jams on either side. The road on one side of the crossing is quite narrow. Once the gates of the crossing open, it takes time for the traffic flow to normalise.
Mayor Arun Sood was pursuing the construction of this underpass. However, the announcement was made in his absence. Sood is away to Australia and will be returning on Tuesday. Commuters from Panchkula will also get an alternative road to Chandigarh. At present, the Madhya Marg extension that joins Chandigarh and Panchkula bears a large share of the traffic. The road from Manimajra is not favoured due to the level crossing which proves to be a hurdle.
The much-awaited project of providing natural gas through pipelines will be inaugurated on November 11 from Sector 49. According to the proposal, gas pipelines will be laid underground all over the city. Meters will be installed to measure the usage. Around 50,000 connections will be provided in the first phase. In the first phase, piped natural gas will be supplied in five sectors — 7, 8, 49, 50, 53 — and EWS (economically weaker sections) flats at Dhanas.
List of inaugurations prepared by BJP
— Giving licences to street vendors
— Inauguration of bio-methanation plant
— Opening of 350 new toilet blocks
— Getting suction pipes