The Lakkar bridge project will be fully completed by December and it will be thrown open to the public in January. This was stated by PWD Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon who visited the bridge along with Municipal Corporation (MC),Public Works Department (PWD) and Railway officials.
He accused the Union government of delaying the project,alleging that work on the part of the PWD and MC have been done and it is only the Railways that have to complete their part. Dhillon added that the project cost is Rs 50.82 crore and the entire amount has been spent by state government.
He said,Rs 21.97 crore have been deposited to the Railways for completing their part and the delay is now on their side only.
The project was started in year 1997,with a projected cost of Rs 10 crore. Dhillon charged that after the Congress Government took office in the state,no work was done during its tenure. It was re-started in 2009 and is now near completion.
The Lakkar bridge is an important railway overbridge and will solve the traffic problem to a great extent,the minister pointed out.
Dhillon added that the Railways always delayed giving various clearances for this project,at times sitting on files for months together. He,however,asserted that the final deadline is now December and this will not change.