‘Dalgate-Batmaloo road to be 6-lane’
Saroori says 'risky' Sanat Nagar square, Bemina bypass crossing design to be reviewed
GK CITY CORRESPONDENT
Srinagar, Feb 11: The Minister for Roads and Buildings department, GM Saroori on Thursday said the Dalgate-Batmaloo track of the City centre would be widened to 6-lane adding that work was on at full swing on the project.
He said some five hundred meters of the two kilometre track between Dalgate and Budshah Bridge had been widened to 6-lane while the rest would be taken up in the coming months.
Saroori was talking to Greater Kashmir during the sidelines of his public meetings at Winter Secretariat in the City. He said the government had earmarked Rs 10.64 crore for the project.
Saroori said some structures coming in way ahead for road widening would have to be relocated.
“But first we’ll check the genuineness of the structures as no compensation will be paid for the illegal structures,” Saroori said.
He said the government had taken up around seven mega road projects for the facelift of the summer capital adding that Pir Mirakh Shah Sahib road project in Shahr-e-Khaas was one of them.
To a question on series of reports carried out by Greater Kashmir on inconvenience faced by people in crossing the Bypass to visit SKIMS Medical College Hospital at Bemina, he said the matter had come to his notice adding that the government has called a high level meeting to get rid of the problem.
“This is a very genuine issue that needs to be addressed on priority,” he said.
Pertinently, in the absence of a crossing point on the Bypass, many either drive on the wrong side or cross the road by driving over the road divider.
Otherwise, one has to drive around two miles more to reach the hospital which at times means deadly delay in patient reaching the hospital.
On the under construction flyover at Hyder Pora, which has missed many deadlines, Saroori said the government has taken a serious note of the delay adding the work would have to be completed by July.
“We have asked the project executing agency to gear up the work and go for double shift or else they will be fined for laziness,” the Minister added.
Responding to GK reports that the Sanat Nagar square was “ill designed” he said, the authorities have been asked to get the matter reviewed for further action.
Saroori said the government plans to construct overhead pedestrian walkways at some busy crossings in the City.
“Basically we want to get rid of congestion on the streets,” he added.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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