100-yr- old bridge to be taken apart

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

LUDHIANA: Con­sid­er­ing the in­creas­ing ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic on Ja­graon bridge, the Ludhiana Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion has asked the rail­way of­fi­cials to dis­man­tle the 100-year-old iron bridge on it.

LMC of­fi­cials have asked the rail­ways to pro­vide them with in­for­ma­tion on the time­frame for dis­man­tling the iron bridge.

Do­ing away with the 100year-old bridge will widen the Ja­graon bridge and en­sure smooth flow of traf­fic.

So­cial ac­tivist Rahul Verma had sub­mit­ted a pro­posal in this re­gard eight months ago to then additional com­mis­sioner KP Brar.

Brar had then vis­ited the site as­cer­tain whether it was fea­si­ble to dis­man­tle the bridge and if the move would solve the peren­nial prob­lem of traf­fic con­ges­tion on the bridge.

Af­ter dis­cussing the mat­ter with tech­ni­cal ex­perts from B& R depart­ment, Brar con­cluded that the iron bridge could be dis­man­tled within 10 days. Since it was not pos­si­ble to re­move a part of it, a pro­posal to dis­man­tle the en­tire bridge was for­mu­lated.

In May, Brar wrote to Vish­lesh Choube, di­vi­sional rail­way man­ager, Ferozepur divi­sion, but no no­tice was taken of the let­ter.

Fol­low­ing this, Verma took up the mat­ter rail­way au­thor­i­ties. He took tech­ni­cal of­fi­cials from the Ludhiana rail- way sta­tion to the site, fol­low­ing which they agreed to the idea of re­mov­ing the bridge.

On Septem­ber 14, of­fi­ci­at­ing MC com­mis­sioner MS Jaggi sent a re­minder to DRM Choube and a re­sponse is awaited.

Verma said dis­man­tling the iron bridge would pro­vide an additional 15-foot space for ve­hic­u­lar move­ment.

“I have no per­sonal in­ter­est in get­ting this bridge dis­man­tled. All city res­i­dents will ben­e­fit from this move. MC of­fi­cials have al­ways been sup­port­ive of the idea and the project was de­layed due to the ini­tial lack of in­ter­est shown by the rail­way au­thor­i­ties,” the so­cial ac­tivist added.

He added that the rail­way au­thor­i­ties were sit­ting on the pro­posal for months.

Mean­while, Choube said he had not re­ceived any let­ter in this re­gard. “If the state govern­ment is ready to bear the ex­pense of the project, we are ready to dis­man­tle the bridge. Lakhs of ru­pees would be spent on it and rail­way traf­fic will also be hit,” he added.

AVNEET PUNNI/HT

MC pro­poses to re­move this 100-year-old iron bridge to ease the traf­fic.

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