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Monday, 10 August 2020

Muktsar town’s maiden RoB misses deadline

Archit Watt

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, August 9

The maiden railway over bridge (RoB) of Muktsar town has missed its deadline as just 30 per cent work has been done on the ground to date.

Notably, the foundation stone of the RoB was laid by the then Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, in February 2014 and the groundbreaking ceremony was performed by PWD minister Vijay Inder Singla in January last year. Singla had said that the Congress government would construct the bridge in Rs 38.25 crore over the next 15 months.

Stone laid in 2014

  • The foundation stone of the RoB was laid by the then Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, in February 2014.
  • The groundbreaking ceremony was performed by PWD minister Vijay Inder Singla in January last year.
  • Singla had said that the Congress government would construct the bridge in Rs38.25 crore over the next 15 months.

Sources said a number of factors had delayed the work, including paucity of funds, change required in design after underground sewerage lines caused a hurdle and labour shortage due to Covid-19. The level-crossing was closed for commuters on Jalalabad road here on February 13 last year and the shopkeepers have been suffering losses since then.

"A number of people complain about the slow pace of work of this RoB. The department should provide an alternate passage to the commuters and monetary help to the shopkeepers," said Sham Lal Goyal, an activist of the National Consumer Awareness Group.

On the delay, Kulbir Singh, executive engineer, PWD (Bamp;R), Muktsar, said: "The outbreak of the pandemic and some changes required in the design due to sewerage lines have delayed the work. Hopefully, the RoB will be completed in the next nine months."

The senior railway officials in Delhi too have written to the state government about the delay on the part of PWD (Bamp;R) officials.



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