El­e­vated road link­ing Mad­hya Marg to Sarang­pur, Mul­lan­pur in works

BET­TER CON­NEC­TIV­ITY Road to by­pass two traf­fic bot­tle­necks in Khuda Jassu and Khuda La­hora

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Mu­niesh­wer A Sa­gar mu­niesh­wer.sa­gar@htlive.com

CHANDI­GARH: For im­proved con­nec­tiv­ity from Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGIMER) to the Sarang­pur in­sti­tu­tional area and New Chandi­garh (Mul­lan­pur), an el­e­vated road con­nect­ing Mad­hya Marg to Sarang­pur-Mul­lan­pur four-lane road is in the works.

As per the UT ad­min­is­tra­tion plan, the road is to be con­structed to by­pass two ma­jor traf­fic bot­tle­necks - vil­lages Khuda Jassu and Khuda La­hora - on the route to Sarang­pur and New Chandi­garh.

The el­e­vated road is to start from Khuda Jassu high-level bridge and de­scend near the Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Sarang­pur after cross­ing the two vil­lages.

“The route is cru­cial for smooth traf­fic flow to Sarang­pur in­sti­tu­tional area, where a num­ber of projects are slated to come up, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion cam­puses of PGIMER and Govern­ment Multi-Spe­cialty Hos­pi­tal (GMSH), Sec­tor 16,” said a se­nior UT of­fi­cial privy to the de­vel­op­ment.

The PGIMER ex­ten­sion will be con­structed over 50 acres and house the screen­ing out­pa­tient de­part­ments (OPDs), a 400-bed trauma cen­tre and the on­col­ogy depart­ment.

The GMSH-16 af­fil­i­ate cen­tre is planned to come up on 15 acres in Sarang­pur’s Ed­u­ca­tion City. The ad­min­is­tra­tion has pro­posed to con­vert GMSH into city’s sec­ond med­i­cal col­lege after Govern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hos­pi­tal (GMCH) in Sec­tor 32. It will have 100 seats.

“The el­e­vated road will also help in im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to New Chandi­garh and, through it, to Baddi in­dus­trial area in Himachal Pradesh,” the of­fi­cial said.

Cur­rently, the road pass­ing through the two vil­lages is nar­row and of­ten leads to traf­fic jams. “With mul­ti­ple high-ticket projects com­ing up in Sarang­pur and New Chandi­garh, the traf­fic vol­ume to th­ese ar­eas will in­crease man­i­fold in the com­ing years. So, need for bet­ter road con­nec­tiv­ity was felt,” the of­fi­cial added.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, an al­ter­na­tive route con­nect­ing Chandi­garh to New Chandi­garh is al­ready in the works from Dak­shin Marg. The ad­min­is­tra­tion has ini­ti­ated the land ac­qui­si­tion process for con­struct­ing the road for ex­tend­ing Dak­shin Marg to New Chandi­garh.

CON­SUL­TANT TO BE AP­POINTED SOON

The UT en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment will be ap­point­ing a tech­ni­cal con­sul­tant for the project shortly. The con­sul­tant will con­duct a geo-tech­ni­cal study and pre­pare pre­lim­i­nary draw­ings of the project, be­sides cost es­ti­mates and project’s time­line. The depart­ment has in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the ap­point­ment of a con­sul­tant.

“After the con­sul­tant’s re­port, the cost, plans and draw­ings of the pro­posed road will be fi­nalised by the ad­min­is­tra­tion. The project plans will also need to be ap­proved by the her­itage com­mit­tee and re­quire en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ance,” said the of­fi­cial.

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