Jehangir Chowk Flyover: Admin Sets Fresh Deadline


SRINAGAR — Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Friday strictly instructed the concerned executing agencies to complete the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover within two months.

The DC who made these instructions in a meeting with executing agencies and contractors.

He strictly directed the concerned agencies and contractors to work in double shifts and ensure that the ?341 crore project is completed without any further delays.

 Dr Shahid Iqbal said the work will be monitored on daily basis, adding that Assistant Commissioner Labour will ensure no issues concerning labour are allowed to exist.

 He said the district administration will ensure that nothing affects or further delays completion of the flyover.

 Those concerned with its construction have been strictly asked to adhere to the new deadline having been warned of the strict action against further defaults.

 ADC K K Sidha, Joint Director Planning Mohammad Yaseen, Director and Project Manager ERA, DGM SIMPLEX besides contractors attended the meeting.

The project, executed by Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (JKERA) with Simplex Infra Limited as project contractors, has already missed several deadlines since work began in 2013.

The construction work of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded flyover which began in 2013 will reduce the traffic congestion in Srinagar city Centre and provide quick access to International Airport.

The flyover project was announced in July 2009 and was supposed to be completed by 2012, but work on it actually started in September 2013.

Initially, the construction work could not take off due to various issues, including rehabilitation of affected shopkeepers and other offices as it would have meant a loss to their business.

Later, in 2014, the area was badly affected by floods, forcing the authorities to further extend the timeline and then the unrest of 2016 also caused disruption in the work.

The first deadline for the completion of the project was set as September 2016 and then another deadline of August 2017 was set which also was missed. The latest deadline missed by the executing agency for the completion of the phase-II of the project was December 31, 2018.




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