In what would provide relief to the residents from the traffic woes near Manimajra level crossing,the much- delayed rail underbridge (RUB) proposed for the area would get underway with the design being modified. It is now proposed that the RUB would be narrower than what had been perceived earlier.
The proposal for construction of RUB was mooted more than two years back. The project had received the requisite approval from the Centre as well. However,inspections had shown that the site was in close proximity to residential as well as commercial buildings. Concerns were raised over the effect on the foundations of these buildings in case the underbridge was to be constructed.
It has now been decided that the underbridge would be narrower than what was proposed earlier. This would ensure that the foundations of the buildings in question are not affected. While the Modern Housing Complex is near the level crossing,there is a market on one side as well.
The crossing 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. Commuters on the stretch have for long been demanding construction of the underbridge.
UT Finance Secretary V K Singh says,The rail underbridge would be narrower on the lines of some of those in Delhi. The design is being finalised and tenders for construction would be floated soon. The approval from the Centre for the project had been received earlier.
Another advantage of construction of the underbridge would be that the commuters between Chandigarh and Panchkula would find an alternative road to travel on. At present,the Madhya Marg extension that joins Chandigarh and Panchkula bears a large share of the traffic. It causes congestion on this stretch. The road from Manimajra is not favoured due to the level crossing which proves to be a hurdle.
The construction of another rail underbridge is going on at Mauli Jagran level crossing. It is expected to be completed this year. This would also ease out the traffic congestion on the Chandigarh-Panchkula stretch. The Railways had complained about the delay by the administration in widening of road that led to the underbridge. One of the reasons for delay was that shifting of pipelines that lay under the road was not undertaken on time. The RUB at Manimajra had been approved along with this. However,it was delayed due to technical problems.