RUB project under review, over 75 shopkeepers cry foul

Railways had asked PWD to deposit Rs 1.25 crore for the project in September, 2014. However, none has been deposited.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published:February 12, 2015 12:00 am

More than 75 shopkeepers of Canal view market welfare association owning shops near Dugri road along Southern bypass are in a fix as once again the project of making railway under bridge (RUB) has been kept under review.

It needs to be mentioned that the shops are along the Southern bypass where Express highway is being constructed and already a railway over bridge (ROB) has been made over the Dhuri line near these shops due to which business of these shopkeepers have been affected.

Jaspal Singh Sachdeva, President of the market association said that the entire market had gone in court against this project and in July2014, PWD and railways haf decided to make RUB so as to facilitate the shopkeepers.

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The RUB was supposed to be 4 meters wide , 3 meter long and the drawings of the project had also been made ready. Railways had asked PWD to deposit Rs 1.25 crore for the project in September, 2014. However, till date no money has been deposited and instead a fresh meeting regarding the project had been called on February 5 in which project was kept under review.

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Sachdeva, who is a retired deputy chief engineer of power corporation said, “I was also part of that meeting because I am the President of the market welfare association. We are shocked to hear the decision. We have written to the CM to declare the meeting of February 5 null and void and start the project at a fast pace, because the shopkeepers are suffering a lot in name of development.”

However, when contacted APS Brar, executive engineer of public works department (PWD), said, “We have to follow certain procedures before starting the project and it is under active consideration. We can understand the problem of shopkeepers. Few procedural things are in place and work will start soon.”

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