Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, January 23
To ensure smooth flow of traffic and safety of commuters on NH-44, the District Administration has approached National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for construction of a subway at Dakoha railway crossing falling on one of the busiest Delhi-Amritsar rail sections. In a communique to NHAI, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori apprised that the Dakoha railway crossing is just 25m away from NH-44, where an underpass is necessitated in view of heavy volume of vehicular traffic on the causeway to avert road mishaps.
He said that Dakoha railway crossing adjacent to NH-44 witnessed long queue of vehicular traffic when trains were scheduled to pass.
The DC, who also inspected the site along with officials of Public Works Department (PWD) and Railway, Jalandhar, said that it had become a major traffic bottleneck for the vehicle coming straight on the highway with high-speed, which often causes mishaps here.
He said as per feasibility report of the PWD, railway overbridge could not be built at the Dakoha railway crossing due to its proximity with NH-44. However, vehicular underpass could be constructed, as reported by the PWD, which would also give relief to the residents of the nearby areas. Thori said vehicular underpass is the best suitable solution for smoothening traffic-related problems and directed the officials from revenue to start demarcation of land. He said that several people have lost their lives due to mishaps at this black spot and its immediate rectification is required for saving precious lives.
In the letter to NHAI Chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Thori appealed him to direct Project Director Ambala/Jalandhar to prepare a report on vehicular underpass. Prominent among present occasion included SDM Dr Jai Inder Singh, PWD Executive Engineer (B&R) Bhagwinder Singh Tuli, SDO Vishal Kumar, Assistant Engineer Rahul, and others.
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