Technical problems delaying overbridge projects in Palwal

Technical problems delaying overbridge projects in Palwal

The unfinished work at a railway oberbridge at the Rasulpur crossing in Palwal. Tribune photo

Bijendra Ahlawat

Tribune News Service

Palwal, July 29

The construction of two railway overbridges (ROBs) in Palwal district taken up three years ago, has been marred by delay and sluggish work. Announced to be completed in March 2020, these ROBs are not expected to be ready before another one year.

Robs have missed deadline

  • The work was taken by the Haryana State Roads and Bridge Development Corporation
  • The deadline of both railway overbridges, which was two years, has been jumped.
  • The construction work has been hampered due to shifting of power lines and delay in resolving the technical issues with other departments such as the Railways, resulting in the project missing the deadline.

The foundation of the ROBs at Rasulpur and Bamni Khera villages in the district was laid in June and September respectively in 2018 to improve accessibility and connectivity between various parts of the district hurdled by the passing of the railway track, said officials in the district administration.

While the work was taken by the Haryana State Roads and Bridge Development Corporation (HSRDC), the deadline of both ROBs, which was two years, has already been jumped. The construction work has been hampered due to various factors, including the shifting of power lines and delay in resolving the technical issues with other departments such as The Railways, resulting in the project missing the deadline and increase in the completion time of the projects.

Blaming lack of seriousness on part of the authorities, Harit Baisla, a resident of Badoli village, said the delay had inconvenienced commuters of several villages as they had to take a longer route to reach their destination by spending more time and money. Demanding a probe into the delay, Satpal of Kamrawali village said lack of fixing accountability of officials or contractors had led to the slow pace of work. The ROBs are expected to benefit several villages which include Hosangabad, Rasulpur, Badoli, Acheja, Kusak, Batka, Amroli, Sultanpur, Rahimpur, Lohagarh,Lulwari, Bawana, Tappa Billochpur, Satwagarhi, Maholi, Kamrawali, Karimpur, Missa, Batta, Satuagarhi and Hasanpur , it is claimed.

Villagers in lurch

The delay had inconvenienced commuters of several villages as they had to take a longer route to reach their destination by spending more time and money, said Harit Baisla, a resident of Badoli village

Claiming that besides the pending work on part of the Railways, certain technical issues have led to the delay, it was expected to pick up speed soon, Rahul Singh, Executive Engineer, HSRDC, said. DC Naresh Narwal said both ROBs were expected to be ready by March 2022.

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