Will authorities meet May-end deadline on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover?

Jehangir Chowk- Rambagh flyover is set to miss another deadline as J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (JKERA) is yet to complete some vital works on the project. 

JKERA had set May end as deadline for completing the final phase of the flyover for vehicular movement. However an official revealed that several works were pending on the flyover including laying of concrete slabs.

A senior official of JKERA said it would take “more time” to complete the work before flyover is opened for vehicular movement. 

“It is unlikely that final phase of the flyover will be thrown open by end of this month though the government is pressing the contractor and executing agency to complete the project within the stipulated time,” he said.

The flyover, which is being constructed from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh, has missed several deadlines. The work on Rs 369 core project was taken up in 2013.

The first phase of the flyover from Barzulla to Gogji Bagh was thrown open for traffic last year. The flyover has six access ramps — at Jehangir Chowk, Indoor Sports Stadium, Aloochi Bagh, Rambagh, Zum Zum complex, Natipora, and MET station, Barzulla.

The project was to be completed within three years with September 2016 as the deadline. The deadline was extended to March 2017. But the project completion got delayed owing to September 2014 floods.

The Asian Development Bank-funded project is being executed by JKERA and is expected to decongest traffic on the road towards Barzulla and Srinagar airport.

When completed, the 2.4 Km flyover is expected to reduce travel time from Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh from 28 minutes to 2.5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in absence of safety measures the wrong driving on the first phase of the flyover has become a cause of accidents on the flyover.