Ludhiana: Having provided desired relief, the Railways has finally agreed to increase the width of the Jagraon Bridge when it would be reconstructed. In a meeting with MC officials on Wednesday, the Railways officials gave their consent and assured their MC counterparts the tenders would be floated within a month.
It is pertinent to mention here that from the past few months MCL and railway officials are in conversation for the reconstruction of this bridge as the railway authorities had closed one side of bridge for heavy vehicles while declaring it unsafe. The MC officials had requested the railways to increase the width of the bridge from 7.5 meters to 10.5 meters but railways had refused to do the same. Consequently the MC Commissioner wrote a letter to railways that they should once again visit the site and increase its width keeping in view the increase in the flow of traffic in the coming years.
On Wednesday, divisional engineer from Ferozepur Division Kulwant Singh had come for visiting the bridge site again. He visited the bridge site and also conducted a meeting with XEN Rahul Gagneja and councillor Tanveer Dhaliwal.
XEN Rahul Gagneja said that railways has agreed that they would allow increment in the width of the bridge along with a footpath on one side. He further told that project would take place at design and built basis according to which when the railways would float the tenders then interested contractors would submit their methodology and design for this project and then it would be approved by railway authorities followed by which work would be allotted.
Meanwhile, MCL Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that it is a great relief that finally railway officials have agreed to increase the width of the bridge because once it would be reconstructed it would serve movement of traffic for next so many years and flow of traffic would increase manifold. He said that they would ask railways to increase their pace because closure of one side of the bridge is creating problems for the residents.
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