Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 12
The Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) has approved the construction of Railway Under Bridge (RUB) at Tanda Road railway crossing along with two other road projects amounting to Rs53.23 crore.
Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who is also Chairman of PIDB, has approved this project, which would give much-needed relief to the city residents from the traffic jams at this railway crossing falling on the Amritsar-Delhi rail route.
He mentioned that the RUB was proposed by the district administration at Tanda Road crossing in January 2021 and after the in-principle approval from the railway authorities, the project was sent to PIDB for administrative approval and requisite funds.
The DC said an RUB with a length of 350 metres and a width of 5 metres would be built at the site for which required land and other infrastructure was also available. He added that service lanes at both sides of the crossing have also been proposed apart from RUB.
Thori said this railway crossing at the site remains closed most of the time due to frequent movement of trains which causes long queues of traffic jams here. Sometimes, this crossing remains shut for over 30 minutes, leading to major inconvenience to people, he said, adding that the RUB would facilitate a large number of commuters, traders, and residents while ensuring smooth and hassle-free traffic flow.
The PIDB’s approval also encompassed two road projects including four-laning of Lamba Pind-Jandu Singha road and repairing of Phillaur-Apra and Phagwara-Dosanjh Mukandpur Road to facilitate massive traffic flow on these roads, he said.
The DC said these projects would ensure the development of Jalandhar by easing out traffic movement both inside and outside the city besides facilitating a large number of people using these busiest traffic routes. He also added that the projects would be executed in a time-bound manner in the larger public interest.
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