Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Min­is­ter Mad­hya Pradesh

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The newly built ca­ble- stay bridge named Raja Bhoj Setu near Kamla Park was in­au­gu­rated amidst much fan­fare by Chief Min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Fri­day evening. On the oc­ca­sion, Mayor Alok Sharma, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Bhopal Alok San­jar, BMC com­mis­sioner Ch­havi Bhard­waj, state BJP pres­i­dent, Nand­ku­mar Singh Chauhan and other dig­ni­taries were present. The 300-me­ter-long Setu has been built at a cost of Rs 30 crore. Its con­struc­tion was started by the BMC in Au­gust 2014 and com­pleted in March 2017. It was also shown through pro­jec­tors in 21 dis­tricts of the state. Dur­ing the oc­ca­sion, a cul­tural pro­gramme was pre­sented by a dance troupe fol­lowed by tra­di­tional light­ing of lamp by Chauhan. A mu­sic video was also played on big screens. It is pre­pared by the state gov­ern­ment to mark the com­ple­tion of three years of the Modi-led Gov­ern­ment. The ca­ble- stay bridge and the VIP road along the Up­per Lake were dec­o­rated with colour­ful lights. While ad­dress­ing the crowd, Chauhan first con­grat­u­lated Modi for suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing three years and also high­lighted Cen­tre’s achieve­ments. He also spoke on Cen­tre’s dif­fer­ent schemes for the wel­fare of poor. “Modi is a man with vi­sion who is de­ter­mined to take the coun­try to dizzy heights of de­vel­op­ment. Af­ter Modi be­came Prime Min­is­ter, the de­vel­op­ment rate of the coun­try has touched 7.2% which is the high­est in the world at present. Glob­ally also, he has placed the na­tion in a very rep­utable stature as a re­sult no­body in the world can now ig­nore In­dia and Modi,” said Chauhan adding that by work­ing on PM’s vi­sion he would put ev­ery pos­si­ble ef­fort to de­velop Mad­hya Pradesh. Af­ter Chauhan’s ad­dress, those in­volved in the con­struc­tion of bridge in­clud­ing the BMC of­fi­cials, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the pri­vate com­pa­nies and oth­ers were fe­lic­i­tated by Chauhan. He con­grat­u­lated BMC for suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing con­struc­tion of the bridge

which he be­lieved would add to the beauty of the city. The cer­e­mony was con­cluded with a15-minute fire­works.

Raja Bhoj Bridge Sets Pace For Bhopal

Af­ter miss­ing four dead­lines, fi­nally the ca­ble stay bridge con­nect­ing Kamla Park with VIP road has been ded­i­cated to pub­lic on Fri­day. On a day when Prime Min­is­ter Modi ledNDA gov­ern­ment was cel­e­brat­ing its three years in of­fice, chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan in­au­gu­rated the bridge. The 300 me­tre Raja Bhoj Setu (Ca­ble Stay bridge) is a new land­mark on the city's land­scape. It will help de­con­gest traf­fic on the Kamla ParkVIP road and help con­nect Old and New Bhopal ar­eas. Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing, Chouhan said Bhopal has added an­other feather in its cap in the form of Raja Bhoj Setu. "We all are cel­e­brat­ing three suc­cess­ful years com­pleted by Prime Min­is­ter Modi in of­fice. It is the time to en­joy ev­ery mo­ment," said Chouhan. The chief min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment will be open­ing ITIs of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard which will ben­e­fit around 7.5 lakh stu­dents. The ca­ble stay bridge was orig­i­nally pegged at Rs 29.47 crore, but de­lays and price es­ca­la­tion over the years have pushed the fi­nal cost to Rs 40 crore. State BJP pres­i­dent Nand­ku­mar Chouhan said the bridge will be a milestone for Bhopal in the fu­ture. "Bhopal has proved its strong pres­ence at the na­tional level by be­ing sec­ond clean­est city in the coun­try dur­ing the re­cent swachh sur­vey. This bridge is an­other im­por­tant land­mark," said Chouhan. He also praised the BMC of­fi­cials for their ex­cel­lent work in com­plet­ing the bridge. Mayor, Alok Sharma said the bridge will be among the best fea­tures of Bhopal. "Like other im­por­tant places this bridge will at­tract peo­ple. This is a big day for Bhopal," he said. Wel­com­ing the open­ing of the bridge peo­ple said, "This was log-awaited. Peo­ple like me, who have to com­mute through the area on a daily ba­sis were fed-up with traf­fic jams and con­ges­tion. It will be a big help in im­prov­ing the traf­fic con­nect­ing Old Bhopal with the New Bhopal," said Nis­hant Ya­dav, a bank em­ployee. His­to­rian Rizwanud­din An­sari said, the bridge would mark a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion on Up­per Lake. The city's first bridge-cum-check dam, the Pul Pukhta, was con­structed in 1749 AD and a new sub­urb Je­hangirabad was added in 1840 AD, he said. Peo­ple sug­gested that there should also be traf­fic po­lice post to help peo­ple. "I hope peo­ple will not use the bridge as a sui­cide point like oth­ers spots on VIP road we have seen in the past," said An­jali Verma, a house­wife who came to see the inau­gu­ra­tion.

Bridge to be named af­ter Raja Bhoj

The ca­ble stay bridge is an en­gi­neer­ing mar­vel con­nect­ing the Kamla Park lo­cal­ity with Ret Ghat, a sec­tion that was al­ways chocked with traf­fic. The bridge has been com­pleted and is ready to be opened to pub­lic soon. The Rs 40 crore bridge on the Up­per Lake will be a land­mark for Bhopal and is likely to be named af­ter Raja Bhoj. Mean­while on Wed­nes­day, Min­is­ter of State for Co­op­er­a­tive, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Vish­was Sarang re­viewed the pace of con­struc­tion of the over bridge com­ing at Sub­hash Na­gar. Con­struc­tion of Sub­hash Rail­way Cross­ing over bridge will be com­pleted be­fore its dead­line June 2018. This is the first ROB on which con­struc­tion is be­ing made on 60 me­tre rail­way track. Sarang con­ducted in­spec­tion by reach­ing slab con­structed with the help of a swing. Ex­ec­u­tive engi­neer, Pub­lic Works Depart­ment, MP Singh and rail­way's Chief Engi­neer were also present. Sarang in­formed that role of ROB will be very im­por­tant in de­vel­op­ment of Narela assem­bly con­stituency. It's de­sign is bet­ter than the de­sign avail­able in rail­ways over bridge. Sixty me­tre part of ROB, of to­tal 690 me­tre, is on rail­way tracks. Curve of 45 de­gree has been de­signed on 60 me­tre length in steel frame, which will make traf­fic smoother. Gen­er­ally a curve is of 90 de­gree. Sarang in­formed that as per the sched­ule, 50% of the con­struc­tion work was to be com­pleted by now, but the agency has ex­e­cuted al­most 70% work by now. He said that ad­vance progress is the re­sult of daily plan­ning in work and re­view of ex­e­cu­tion. Sarang said that to­tal length of ROB is 690 me­tre. Sixty me­ter is be­ing con­structed by rail­ways and re­main­ing 630 me­ter is be­ing con­structed by bridge con­struc­tion unit of Pub­lic Works Depart­ment. Both will com­plete their task very soon.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Min­is­ter Mad­hya Pradesh

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