Under-construction flyover the bane of motoristsArchive
GUJRAT: Construction work on a flyover at Shaheen Chowk interchange along Gujrat bypass has become an inconvenience for the motorists on GT Road.
Roads being used as alternate routes are either dilapidated or their condition is getting worse due to heavy traffic as the service road at Shaheen Chowk is not enough for the smooth flow of traffic.
The administration and National Highways Authority (NHA) officials claim to have improved the condition of alternate roads and further widened the service road nearby.
The Shaheen flyover is a project of the federal government with a cost of Rs890 million which is to be completed within a year. The work started in April/May but the contractor had pledged to complete it within eight months.
However, the district administration official quoted the NHA officials as saying that the firm had been asked to complete the work by Dec 15.
The Gujrat administration sought deployment of more National Highways and Motorway Police officials as well as the local traffic police on both sides of the site to man traffic. It also directed the district roads department to immediately repair the alternate routes that have been damaged due to heavy traffic.
NHA Project Director Samiullah says the construction of all the 136 piles of the overhead bridge have been completed whereas more than 90pc of the girders have also been prepared and it is being ensured that the laying of beams starts on the piles by Nov 1.
He says the electricity poles are being removed from the site.
The local authorities have diverted the light traffic vehicles to the old GT Road, passing through the city which is used for the heavy traffic as well, causing choking of the traffic at Shaheen Chowk.
Those travelling on Gujrat-Mandi Bahauddin-Sargodha road suffer the most due to the dilapidated condition of the road along Sheikh Sukha dyke and another passage from Narowali village.
Moreover, the population residing in the vicinity, particularly along Gujrat-Sargodha road, has been facing a great trouble after the water supply to their houses was halted as a result of the breakage of the main water supply pipeline due to digging.
However, the Gujrat Tehsil Municipal Administration has been asked by the DCO to immediately repair the pipeline.
Published in Dawn, October 26th, 2016