April 16, 2009 1:10:59 am
The much-awaited project of connecting Kalali and Makarpura GIDC by a rail overbridge has finally seen the light of the day as the Western Railway has started the construction of crucial portion above the railway tracks.
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) had already constructed both sides of the bridge,but the work was stalled for months together after the Western Railway authorities could not find any contractor to build the crucial portion over the tracks.
Now,it is question of just a few more months. Once the portion above the railway tracks is constructed,we will have to just join the two final slabs connecting the spans from both the sides with the span above the railway tracks. The Vadsar ROB is important in terms of inconvenience caused to the commuters, said VMC Executive Engineer (Bridges,JNNURM projects) P M Patel.
The railway crossing at Vadsar mostly remains closed during the day due to heavy railway traffic between Vadodara and Mumbai. It was after a lot of efforts the project was passed under the JNNURM project. The traffic between Makarpura GIDC,Kalali and Atladra used to be affected due to busy train traffic. Now,the commuters would save a lot of time by using the ROB, said Patel.
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Officials at the Western Railway (Vadodara division) were not able to start the work,as no contractor was ready to take up the job. Undertaking the work above the railway tracks is not easy as compared to construction of a bridge. We have to consider several aspects like railway traffic management,quality of work,specifications followed by the contractor and time limit in which the work has to be completed. As these strict rules and regulations are a must,it was difficult for us to get a suitable contractor. Now that the work has started,it will be completed within the stipulated time, said a senior Western Railway official.
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