UT ADMINISTRATOR V P Singh Badnore on Monday approved the underpass between Panjab University and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). A meeting of the Chandigarh Administration officials was chaired by UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore on Monday morning. Officials of the engineering wing gave a presentation to Badnore about how an underpass will help as the area is heavily crowded on both the sides.
Confirming the development, UT Adviser Manoj Parida said, “A presentation was given in the meeting and Administrator has approved the underpass between PGI and PU.” Due to heavy traffic both at the side of Panjab University and PGI, the area has become accident-prone. Due to accidents, a cut towards PGI was then closed by the engineering wing so that people take a U-turn from the roundabout to reach PGI.
The UT Administration had already given approval for this underpass but Badnore’s official final nod was awaited which was given in the meeting. The engineering department had already conducted a survey of the site and had found that it was pertinent to have an underpass there. The Federation of Sectors Welfare Association too had been demanding the same as people in order to cross the area would use a gap between the divider.
Certain underground service pipes will be shifted in the course of construction of the underpass. The engineering wing and the traffic police had also studied the traffic movement in the area. This belt is the most choked point and sees heavy rush due to patients and attendants going to PGI. There are around 10,000 people who visit PGI every day. Similarly, at Panjab University, the campus sees almost similar number, including students and faculty, of people.
The UT Administration has planned another similar underpass between ISBT-43 and Sector 52. It was on the request of police department that the UT Administration went ahead to give approval to this underpass because of the high volume of pedestrians that cross these roads.
Inauguration of another underpass
An underpass connecting Sector 16 Rose Garden and Sector 17 is almost ready. It will be inaugurated this month. The 70-mt-long and 12-mt-wide underpass was to be opened to the public in the first week of March. However, constructed at a cost of Rs 9 crore as part of the rejuvenation plan for the Plaza, the construction was delayed and it missed several deadlines. In the process, the underpass also faced a lot of objections from architects. A study by the Indian Institute of Architects (Punjab chapter) termed the construction a “colossal waste of money”, claiming that only 133 pedestrians will use it every day.
According to the study, about 42,488 vehicles cross the Jan Marg from both directions of the stretch every day while only 133 pedestrians use it. Around 21,244 vehicles ply in one direction on Jan Marg during the 10 hours of daylight. The vehicles include 603 buses, 1,476 three-wheelers, 10,040 cars, 7,847 two-wheelers and 1,145 bicycle or rickshaws.