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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 12:36 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 12:36 AM (IST)

Work on Palampur flyover hangs fire

Work on Palampur flyover hangs fire
The under-construction flyover in Palampur. File photo

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, November 6

Started 10 years ago, the construction of a flyover in the heart of the town is still hanging fire in the absence of political and administrative will.

The construction of this Rs5-crore project was undertaken by the national highways wing of the Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD) in 2008 to ease the traffic flow and avoid regular jams on the narrow Pathankot-Mandi national highway, which passes through the town.

However, because of the defective design, as claimed by the contractor, a span of flyover collapsed twice, killing three persons, including a PWD official. The contractor suffered heavy losses and was left with no alternative, except suspending the construction.

Besides, the contractor also wanted changes in the design because of some technical problems. However, the PWD refused to change it under the pretext that the design was approved by the Ministry of Transport.

In 2011, the contractor again made efforts to reinstall the collapsed spans. However, it again collapsed during construction, killing a supervisor of the PWD. Since then the construction of the flyover has come to a standstill.

In the past 10 years, the cost of construction of the flyover has almost doubled because of the delay on the part of the PWD to finalise the new design.

Meanwhile, PWD (national highway division), Executive Engineer, preferring anonymity, said the flyover would be thrown open to traffic in the next three months. He said nearly 90 per cent of the construction work was done, while the retaining walls were yet to be completed.

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