Authorities on Thursday threw open Natipora ramp of Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover for transport. The stretch, measuring around 200 meters, is part of phase-I of the corridor, from Amar Singh College to Barzulla here.
The commuters travelling from Lal Chowk to Natipora, Chanapora, Chadoora, Nowgam and other areas can use the stretch now, said Syed Al Tahir Geelani, senior superintendent of police city traffic. He said traffic on flyover shall be one-way and no traffic in the opposite direction shall be allowed towards Tuslibagh via flyover.
Chief executive officer Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) Satish Razdan said second phase of the flyover was expected to be completed by mid of January 2019. The ERA is executing the project, funded by Asian Development Bank.
"By end of November 2018 the stretch from Barzulla to Amar Singh College will be completed to pave way for two way traffic," Razdan said. "The entire flyover which is more than one and a half kilometers long will be functional by mid January 2019," he informed.
On May 12, this year, the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti inaugurated the phase-I of the flyover, stretching from Amar Singh College to Barzulla. Razdan said the flyover, coming up at cost of Rs 350 crore, would decongest traffic on Srinagar Airport road on one side and Natipora on other side, apart from shortening the distance.
The construction of the flyover was taken up in 2013. While the project was scheduled for completion within three years, the deadline was however extended to March 2017 after 2014 floods. Work was again suspended in 2016 after labourers from outside state fled Kashmir following uprising triggered by killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.