The level crossing at Jugsalai where the overbridge will come up. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
The South Eastern Railway has prepared a fresh blueprint for a proposed overbridge in its Chakradharpur division.
Work on the Rs 20-crore project, which aims to decongest the busy Jugsalai level crossing, is expected to commence later this year.
Newly appointed senior divisional engineer Saswat Kumar said the railway authorities had already submitted the drawing and an estimate for the long-pending project to the state government for necessary approval.
“The project will be developed jointly by the state and the railway. Once we get the go-ahead from the government, we will send a detailed project report with necessary changes, if any, to our headquarters at Garden Reach (Calcutta) for further sanction,” said Kumar.
While the railway will shell out around Rs 9 crore, the government has agreed to contribute Rs 10 crore for the ambitious project, which is expected to be completed within two years of the work being officially assigned to an executing agency.
According to fresh plans, the overbridge will come up over Jugsalai Road, straddling the existing manned level crossing and culminating near Tata Pigments plant.
The 200-metre-long overbridge will have two flanks, each 15-feet wide, with one going towards Bata Chowk and the other towards Gauri Shankar Road in Jugsalai.
According to sources, commuters coming from the Bistupur side will have to take a detour of 100-150 metres and follow the Bata Chowk lane to go towards Tatanagar.
Currently, vehicles from Bistupur head straight towards the level crossing, causing heavy traffic snarls in the area.
This contentious overbridge project has been pending for the past decade.
In 2012, the South Eastern Railway (SER) had submitted a proposal for the project, but the state road construction department rejected it, asking the former to submit a fresh proposal.
Railway officials at Tatanagar said there were certain land and encroachment-related issues that were posing a hurdle, but the problems had been addressed in the fresh proposal.
During his visit to Tatanagar last week, SER general manager Radhey Shyam announced that work on the project would begin later this year.