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Go-ahead for traffic de-clog blueprint

Three years from now, commuters can forget the nightmarish traffic on Station Road and expect a smooth ride down the corridor.

The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the construction of a new flyover connecting Mithapur and Chiraiyatand road overbridges to help streamline traffic on Station Road.

According to the decision, the Exhibition Road arm of Chiraiyatand road overbridge would be extended till Gandhi Maidan. At present, this arm lands at Exhibition Road roundabout.

“The cabinet today approved the flyover connecting Mithapur and Chiraiyatand road overbridges to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 167.85 crore,” cabinet co-ordination department secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told mediapersons in a post-cabinet briefing.

At present, it takes around 20 minutes to reach Chiraiyatand flyover from the R-Block roundabout. The proposed flyover would cut down the travel time to less than10 minutes, sources said.

Commuters expect relief from the pain of taking the congested Station Road and Exhibition Road roundabout. Rahul Kumar, a resident of Patel Nagar, said: “It would be a major relief for the citizens, especially people like me. I take Station Road everyday to reach office in Rajendra Nagar. It is a complete nightmare for commuters. We could save a lot of time and fuel.”

Elaborating on the project, road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav told The Telegraph: “The much needed flyover would come up within three years from now. The tender has been floated two days back.”

“The proposed 2.275-km-long two-lane flyover would run east-west over Station Road, the western end at the GPO roundabout near Mithapur, while its eastern flank would land on the existing Chiraiyatand flyover. Each lane would be 5.5-m wide,” added Yadav.

Explaining the importance of the proposed flyover, the minister said: “Traffic congestion is a serious problem in the Station Road area. Once the proposed flyover opens, it would segregate traffic, reducing the burden on Station Road. Chiraiyatand-bound commuters would take the flyover instead of taking Station Road. Those going to Patna Junction would use the decongested Station Road.”

The cabinet, in other important decisions, approved the Bihar Municipality Property Tax (fixation, collection and recovery) Rules, 2013.

“Proposals for effecting an increase in property tax of various types were approved too,” said urban development and housing department secretary S. Siddharth before adding that except for religious and cultural institutions, there is a proposal to increase tax on all other public and private organisations and institutions.

“Shops with area exceeding 250sqft, hotels, bars, health clubs, gymnasiums, marriage halls, commercial office, banks, private hospitals, nursing homes, warehouses, godowns, coaching centres, private schools, colleges and institutions would charge more from end users owing to increase in property tax,” Siddharth said.

“The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 2 crore to complete the construction of an academic building of BIT-Patna,” said cabinet co-ordination department secretary Mehrotra. Fifteen decisions were taken at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.


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