Jammu, February 01: The Bikram Chowk-Gandhinagar flyover Project which is already under construction will now be extended upto Satwari for the hassle-free movement of VIPs and others up to Airport from Civil Secretariat and other locations of Jammu.
As per the new report of a leading local daily, the state government has already approached the BRICS Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the planning of the second phase of this project and the much needed Rehari Chungi-Amphalla flyover project.
The plans have been made in view of the ever increasing traffic congestion and to clear bottlenecks on Civil Secretariat -Airport Road and also on BC Road-Rehari Chungi and Amphalla crossing. Earlier, the flyover was to be constructed from Bikram Chowk to the Presentation Convent School crossing, Gandhi Nagar and it will now be extended to Satwari Chowk.
The reports say that the flyover will land about 500 meters ahead of Satwari Chowk on Airport – R S Pura Road while its other limb towards Pathankot National Highway will land almost at same distance ahead of Satwari crossing. It will ensure hassle-free movement of the vehicles taking flyover route.
The need of the flyover from Bikram Chowk to Satwari will ease the traffic of these already choked areas like Bikram Chowk, Asia Crossing , Green Belt, Main Stop Gandhinagar, Nai Basti. Due to this severe traffic, people also miss their flights while being trapped in long traffic jams at these areas.
The project has formulated the 2nd phase of this project. The compensation amount has been worked out to the tune of nearly Rs 110 crore. Presently, the project is worth Rs 72 crore having length of 1.3 kms from Bikram Chowk raising point near main Tawi bridge up to Presentation Convent school Gandhinagar while the new project will have a length of 1.7 kms besides two limbs of 500 meters each up to landing points and it will cost Rs 125 crore.
Meanwhile, the work on the Bikram Chowk- Gandhinagar flyover is going on war footing and it is expected to be completed by December 2016. Sources said that the work on the second phase of this project would be launched immediately after the funding is arranged.