Flyover ramps open to public
Partap Chowk flyover ramps ease traffic, bring relief to commuters
LUDHIANA: Commuters passing by and residents living near Partap Chowk and Gill Chowk heaved a sigh of relief when the upward and downward ramp of Partap Chowk flyover was thrown open to public on Monday.
The flyover’s construction took more than a year. However, its main part still awaits inauguration as the officiating Ludhiana municipal corporation commissioner MS Jaggi said on Monday, “The completion of the main stretch of the flyover would take another week or 10 days and is expected to be inaugurated on October 4. It got delayed due to rain.” He added that this would provide relief to traffic in this part of Ludhiana, which is one of the crowded areas.
Jail and tourism minister Hira Singh Gabaria inaugurated the upward and downward ramp at Partap Chowk in the presence of MS Jaggi and senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal.
Balbir Singh, an area resident expressing satisfaction over the opening of the ramp, said, “From the past three years, we have been having a tough time. First, the area on and around Partap Chowk has a lot of traffic. Secondly, we had to cover a kilometre extra to reach our des- tinations since this flyover construction started. Now, it will be a big relief to me and others.”
As soon as the ramp was opened for public, huge vehicular traffic started passing from the ramps.
The foundation stone of the Rs 22.92-crore project was laid on May 25 last year. The length of the flyover is 450m, while its width is 16.5m. However, due to construction activity near Partap Chowk, the entry of heavy traffic was restricted from the past year. The vehicles that had been taking alternative routes had been creating traffic congestion in the adjoining areas, causing inconvenience not only to city commuters but also to drivers of heavy vehicles heading to distant places.
Commuters driving down the ramp of the Partap Chowk flyover, inaugurated on Monday.