A road-under-bridge opened on Sunday between Sarai Kale Khan and Nizamuddin might ease vehicular movement but it has exposed factionalism within the government.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD),that undertook the project along with the Railways,sent out invitations on Friday for its opening but left out the area MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah.
While Marwah claimed to have inaugurated the RUB on his own on Saturday and was accompanied by Member of Parliament Sandeep Dikshit,the official inauguration was held on Sunday by former Delhi mayor and present councillor Farhad Suri. The function was also attended by Additional Commissioner (Engineering) Manish Gupta.
When asked about the double inauguration of the RUB and the reason for not inviting the MLA,Farhad Suri told Newsline,This is an MCD project that was initiated by me when I was the Mayor. We have worked hard in getting the project through and in coordinating with several agencies like Traffic Police,Railways,Delhi Development Authority,Delhi Urban Art Commission and others. Why should we invite the MLA who has nothing to do with the project?
On Saturday Marwah along with Parliamentarian Sandeep Dikshit went to the project site with over 50 supporters and claimed to have inaugurated the RUB to drum beats and bursting of crackers.
Regarding this action of Marwah,Suri said,It is sad when law makers become law breakers.
Built at a cost of Rs 12 crore,the project is expected to ease commuting between Sarai Kale Khan,which has an inter-state bus terminal,and Nizamuddin railway station. The carriage-way is 3.5 m wide on both sides,while the approach road developed towards Nizamuddin side is 96 m and 72 m at the Sarai Kale Khan side.
So far commuters in this area had to travel a longer distance to reach these localities across the railway track.
The new road under bridge will improve connectivity between Jungpura/Bhogal and Nangli. Earlier,people from Nangli did not have a direct road to Jungpura and some would risk crossing the railway tracks leading to about 35 incidents of rail accidents a year. Work on the project began in February 2007.