Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, February 24
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will construct foot overbridges with ramps and cycle tracks along highways passing through Ludhiana district.
NHAI Chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu gave this assurance late last evening while asking the district administration to provide requisite land for the purpose to benefit pedestrians and cyclists, besides checking fatal road accidents on busy highways.
In Ludhiana for dedicating completed projects to the public and reviewing the progress of ongoing highway construction works, the NHAI chief said the foot overbridges with ramps would be constructed so that the pedestrians could easily cross highways while dedicated cycle tracks would provide exclusive way to the cyclists and rickshaws.
He dedicated the flyover on Cheema Chowk, which was part of the Ferozepur Road-Samrala Chowk elevated road project.
Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal, Dr Sandhu took a round of several ongoing projects on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road, National Highway 44 (GT Road), Ladhowal bypass, besides other projects.
Chairing a review meeting, the NHAI chairman was apprised by the police of traffic-related issues on the national highways passing through the district.
During the visit on the Ladhowal bypass project, he directed the NHAI officials to instal traffic lights near the F2 raceway intersection on a temporary basis to ease traffic congestion. He also assured that a permanent solution would be provided for this intersection keeping in mind the needs of future generations.
The National Highways Authority of India officials also informed the Chairman that permanent exit and entry points would be developed near Greenland School on the Jalandhar bypass, near the Focal Point in Transport Nagar and other points along the NH-44.
The NHAI Chairman directed officials to ensure proper care in finalising the location of these points so that it did not lead to any road accidents in the future. He also assured that all illegal cuts on the highways would be closed to avoid road accidents. For the help of people visiting the city, proper signboards would also be installed before entry points.
Dr Sandhu categorically mentioned that Ludhiana was close to his heart and special care should be taken while implementing and planning any project in the city. He assured residents that the NHAI would ensure that best-quality highways were constructed for their benefit.
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