The 1.3-km long Bikram Chowk-Gandhi Nagar flyover, being constructed at a cost of Rs 95 crore will be handed over to the Govt on 10 April 2017. As per unconfirmed sources, it has been further gathered that the flyover will be thrown open for traffic this Baisakhi fallinf on 13th APril 2017.
The work on the 1.3-km flyover having four lanes was started in May 2013 and it was scheduled to be completed by 31st Dec 2016 (revised date). The project also includes widening of 1.5-km road from six lanes to eight lanes. The flyover work includes construction of two subways and four bus ways.
The project is being funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). The flyover is an elevated corridor comprising 38 pillars, two subways and four bus ways. After the construction of the flyover, the inter-state and inter-district traffic on the Kathua and RS Pura routes would be regulated through the flyover.
Presently, Jammu, which is the transit place for Vaishno Devi pilgrims and tourists to the Kashmir valley, has only one flyover which was constructed between 1993 and 1998. After the increase in the number of vehicles, the existing road network is under a huge pressure.
The 1.3-km-long flyover will bypass Bikram Chowk and Asia Chowk and the proposed flyover will bypass Main Stop at Gandhi Nagar, Last Morh, Nai Basti and Satwari Chowk which witness traffic chaos on a daily basis.