The railway crossing where the overbridge will come up. (Animesh Sengupta)
The long-delayed road overbridge project in Jugsalai has received a shot in the arm as the Chakradharpur railway division has chalked out its blueprint.
Senior divisional engineer, Chakradharpur railway division, Anil Kumar Patel said the proposed bridge would come up on Jugsalai Road, pass over the busy level crossing, and culminate near Tata Pigments plant.
This means that commuters from Bistupur will have to take a detour of some 100 metres to use the overbridge.
At present, vehicles coming from Bistupur head straightaway towards the level crossing, causing a huge traffic jam in the area.
Patel added that at the Jugsalai-end, there would be two flanks of the bridge, each 15-feet wide — one going towards Bata Chowk and the other towards Gauri Shankar Road. “Overall, the bridge will be 200m long and 20m wide,” he added.
When asked if the level crossing will be closed once the overbridge came up, Patel said: “No.”
He pointed out that persons coming from Tata Nagar station-end would use the road as usual. “The existing Jugsalai roundabout will remain where it is, but its size will be reduced marginally,” he added.
The overbridge is to be built by the railways and the state as a joint venture.
Patel said of the Rs 21.54 crore required for the construction of the overbridge, the railways has sanctioned Rs 9.77 crore. “The state government will provide the remaining Rs 11.77 crore,” he added.
The railways is currently making a detailed project report (DPR). Once the DPR is complete, it will float the tender tentatively in December.
“Spadework for the project is on and by January 2014, the construction will hopefully start. The project is expected to be completed in 36 months from the date the work order is given to the executing agency,” Patel said.
However, before work on the much-awaited overbridge can start, one snag still needs to be resolved. The railways is supposed to do the construction work only on its land. The state government will build the flanks. “The state is not ready to let the construction work be executed in parts. It is interested either in undertaking the entire project or getting it done by the railways,” Patel said.
But residents, whose buildings and establishments fall on the way of the overbridge and who will be hit by its construction, have given a go-ahead. One Nirmal Singh said: “We are okay with the blueprint as the overbridge would be a boon for all.”