|The proposed bridge will act as a link for people of nearly 13 mouzas under the Cuttack Municipal Corporation. Picture by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, Nov. 16: Crossing over to the other side of Taladanda canal here will become easier for people once a promised foot overbridge comes up.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has decided to build the foot overbridge near Beleswar on the western fringe of the city, which falls in ward No. 47.
The bridge will act as a link for people of nearly 13 mouzas under the CMC. These people have been regularly facing problems in travelling from one side of the canal to the other.
“The project is essential for the people of both ward No. 47 and 51, as they have to travel an additional distance of nearly 1.5km from Bidyadharpur to Beleswar via Nuabazar canal road,” said ward No. 47 councillor Kailash Chandra Bastia.
Bastia said the residents here have been facing problems because of lack of road connectivity for a long time. A lot of people depend on country-made boats to travel from one side of the Taladanda canal to the other. Once the project is completed, it will bridge the gap for people who can commute from one side to the other.
CMC officials said a blue print was being prepared for the proposed project at Beleswar and a design had already been sent to the irrigation department for approval.
“The foot overbridge near Beleswar will be built in public-private-partnership mode and the groundwork is likely to start after we receive the approval from the irrigation department within a week,” said CMC engineer D.N. Prusty.
Prusty said that once the design was approved, efforts would be made to float tenders for the project, the cost of which is estimated to be around Rs 1 crore.
However, there has been an inordinate delay in the execution of another foot overbridge project at Madhupatna. Although the foundation stone of the project was laid in 2009, the work for its construction is yet to begin.
CMC officials said efforts were on to carry out work on the Madhupatna project.
Earlier, the city’s first foot overbridge at Badambadi came to the rescue of hundreds of pedestrians after the project was inaugurated on May 31. The overbridge has been constructed on a built-operate-transfer basis by Selvel Company after the foundation stone was laid on the occasion of Local Self-Government Day on September 1, 2009.
The company had earlier entered into agreement with the CMC to build the Badambadi foot overbridge at a cost of Rs 94 lakh, which escalated to Rs 1.60 crore.
“The foot overbridge at Badambadi is certainly helping pedestrians, who earlier used to cross the busy road at their own risk. The civic body should speed up the process for the construction of the Madhupatna foot overbridge near Link Road,” said Kartik Sahu, a local resident.