Fly­over ramps open to pub­lic

Par­tap Chowk fly­over ramps ease traf­fic, bring re­lief to com­muters

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Nidhi Bhanot nidhi. bhanot@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

AVNEET PUNNI/HT

Com­muters driv­ing down the ramp of the Par­tap Chowk fly­over, in­au­gu­rated on Mon­day.

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