Work on a flyover at Civil Hospital Chowk and a railway underbridge at Amrapali railway crossing on Raiya Road in the city is set to get started, after repeated delays, as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will lay the foundation stones of the two projects on Saturday.
Rupani will visit his hometown Rajkot on Saturday and digitally lay the foundation stones for the flyover and the underbridge, which will collectively cost Rs 300 crore, at a joint function at Bal Bhavan, Race Course. Other projects in the line-up include the development of Atal Sarovar in New Race Course and a housing project of the Rajkot Urban Development Authority (RUDA).
Officers of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) said the proposed flyover will be a triangle bridge, with approaches from Kuvadava Road, Jamnagar Road and Jawahar Road. The approach ways would be 400 metres, 367 metres and 299 metres long respectively from the circle at Civil Hospital Chowk, and they will converge at a hexagonal circle of about 27 metres in diamtre, which will be constructed five metres above ground level.
The circle will be supported by 22 piers on its periphery, with one at the centre. Similarly, Kuvadava Road approach will have 18 piers, Jamnagar Road 16 and Jawahar Road 14. Each approach will have a road of seven metre width. The entire bridge will be a reinforced concrete structure, which will have six-metre-wide service roads on either side of the approaches.
Saturday’s ceremony will mark the start of the work on the project which has been under consideration for some time now. “We have managed to rope in a contractor to execute the bridge project in our fourth attempt of tendering,” an officer of the RMC said. “The RMC had pegged the project cost at Rs 59.23 crore. But no party was willing to pick up the contract at that price. Eventually, on the fourth attempt, a private firm agreed to Rs 84.71 crore or at 43 per cent higher project cost than we had estimated.”
The bridge contract has been bagged by Ananta Procon Pvt Limited, a civil engineering firm based in Mehsana in north Gujarat. The firm will be responsible for completing the triangle bridge in 24 months.
This will be the second triangle bridge in the city after an existing one at Mavadi railway crossing on Gondal Road.
The proposed railway underbridge at Amrapali railway crossing on Raiya Road section near Race Course was finally given the go ahead, after RMC flip-flopped over whether to build a railway overbridge or underbridge there. Around two years ago, RMC unveiled the final design of an overbridge which would have landed in a part of Race Course garden. The design faced criticism from some quarters and the civic body eventually changed its mind.
“But now it has been decided one final time that it will be an underbridge,” an officer of the civic body said. “The RMC has already paid Rs 25.53 crore to the Western Railway which will construct the underbridge.”
The underbridge will have a 181-metre long approach towards Raiya Circle and 152.55 metre approach towards Kisanpara Chowk on the edge of Race Course. The approach towards Race Course will start from near the mayor’s bungalow. The bridge will have roads measuring 11.70 metres on either side of the divider besides 4.5-metre wide service roads at the upper levels on either side of the retaining walls. The project is expected to be completed in18 months.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines