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LUDHIANA: The good news is that after almost five years of hanging fire, designs for railway overbridges at Pakhowal Road and Grain Market, Dhuri, have finally been approved. The bad news, however, is that there is no possibility of the bridges being constructed anytime soon. Lack of funds and the pending southern bypass project will mean that residents will keep getting stuck at the railway crossings.The southern bypass will not be ready for about another year. Municipal corporation had first announced the construction of overbridges in 2007 but work could not be started. MC says it cannot block Pakhowal Road and Grain Market road for construction as it will leave no alternative for diverting road traffic. Sources said railway authorities had sought Rs 18 crore from the municipal corporation (MC) to be deposited with them so that they can begin the project but MC had refused to pay money.Sarabha Nagar-resident... Read more...
Navneet Kaur said, ''Authorities claim they will start metro rail in city but they have failed to solve traffic congestion at railway crossings. I would prefer if they first solve our basic problems.'' Amrit Sahni of Model Town said, ''One can keep track of the timings of passenger trains but there is no time table available for goods trains so we can't escape being caught in a jam one way or the other.''