In order to tackle the problem of congestion at the Sector 29/31/Industrial Area Phase I/ Industrial Area Phase II roundabout, the Union Transport Ministry has agreed to construct a flyover or an underpass at the spot.
The announcement was made by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at Chandigarh Airport on Sunday. Gadkari, accompanied by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, went on a two-day tour to Himachal Pradesh.
Gadkari said his ministry would appoint a consultant to study the problem and suggest a solution. Based on the report of the consultant, it would be decided in consultation with officials of the UT Administration whether a flyover or an underpass would be constructed.
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Asserting that the work would be started very soon, he said once the design was prepared, it would be shown to the administration and the MP.
In its comprehensive mobility plan submitted to the administration in 2009, RITES had stated that the roundabout witnesses high traffic volume of up to 1 lakh passenger car units. A proposal to have a cloverleaf-type flyover was made for the spot. However, it did not materialise.
Recently, Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher wrote a letter to the ministry in which she sought that a solution to the traffic problem be found. “She [Kher] has demanded that there is a huge traffic jam at the spot and after looking into technical solutions, a flyover or underpass may be constructed. After seeing its importance, I spoke to my office and we have approved it. In Chandigarh there are many rules and regulations for undertaking this work. I came to know that Chandigarh Administration has been taken on board for this demand,” said Gadkari.
On creating a ring road in Chandigarh, the Union Minister said that the proposal was under consideration. “The biggest problem is land acquisition in the city and we need support of Centre for that. The ring road will bring relief to Chandigarh citizens,” he said.
Gadkari said that a scientific study, which is being done in Delhi to identify the accident spots, traffic jams and pollution levels, would be done in Chandigarh as well. “ She [Kher] has said that traffic is a huge problem and also accidents are happening here. Our software will look at these accident and traffic jam spots in the city and a report will be prepared. We will help them resolve these issues,” he added.