Prestigious project likely to miss Dec deadline

CONSTRUCTION OF 4TH BRIDGE OVER TAWI

ARUN SINGH

Jammu, Oct 29: The construction project of fourth bridge over river Tawi in Jammu is likely to miss December deadline, mainly due to the financial hiccups being faced by Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC), the state owned company, executing the project.
 Sources in the department said that the work on 750 meter long Tawi bridge, at Bhagwati Nagar, estimated to be completed at a cost of Rs 104 crore was started in December 2010 and state government had set 30 months time for its completion.
 They said that project is, however, set to miss its deadline due to the slow pace of work allegedly because of the non-payment of dues to some of the contractors executing the work.
 “The project may take some more time and we are expecting its completion by February next year”, a senior official in the Corporation told Greater Kashmir adding the pace of construction work was bit slow in last few months as the Corporation was not having enough resources to clear all the dues of the contractors.
 The bridge would connect Bhaghwati Nagar area with Warehouse and help in easing traffic pressure on the existing two bridges by diverting flow of traffic from Tallab Tillo, Bakhshi Nagar areas from one side and Satwari from the other side.
 However the officials said that the work on the bridge was in its final stage as out of 10 spans, 9 have been completed. “The concrete work on last span of the fourth Tawi Bridge is going on and was expected to be completed by February, next year”, Deputy General Manager JKPCC, Suresh Kheri said.
 “There were some financial constraints but we are hopeful to handover the bridge by next year”, he said.
 He said that the bridge would provide huge relief from heavy vehicular traffic within the city as it will be connected with the Ware House from Satwari via Belli Charana and Bhagwati Nagar.
 A four-lane bypass road from Bhagwati Nagar to Akhnoor Road near TV Towers at Muthi, having a length of 13 km and connecting villages of Seoura, Akalpur, Lower Barnai and Pounichak, is also proposed. It will also provide an alternative route to the people moving towards Akhnoor, Muthi, Domana, Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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