Srinagar: The prestigious Rs 369 crore Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Expressway Corridor (flyover) project will be completed by November 2017, an official from Economic Reconstruction Agency said.
The construction work on the flyover resumed on Saturday after remaining suspended for more than five month due to prevailing unrest in Kashmir Valley. Earlier, work on it was stalled for more than three months in wake of September 2014 floods. Director ERA Mr Satish Razdan told CNS that after persuading the labourers and engineers affiliated with the flyover, the construction work resumed on Saturday.
Let us hope peace prevails and this project gets completed in time. The deadline for the completion of this project was March 2017, he said.
Another official from ERA said that that the flyover will save approximately Rs 20 crores annually once it is completed. Our detailed survey suggests that the saving will mostly come from the fuel saved by reduction in traffic jams in the area from Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh.
The project was expected to be completed in three years time. The original deadline for the completion of the flyover was September 2016. Due to 2014 devastating floods which resulted in damage to most of the equipment and fleeing of workforce to their respective States, the deadline had been renewed to March 2017.
Once completed, the 2.4-km flyover is expected to reduce the journey time from Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh from 15 minutes to just 2.5 minutes and will go a long way in reducing the traffic congestion in the area. (CNS)
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