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BELGAUM: The much awaited project of constructing over bridges at four railway gates in the city will be a reality soon, with the district administration gearing to initiate the works in a month. There is a long felt need for over bridges at the railway gates in Belgaum, three on Dharwad Road and one on Kapileshwar Road. The over bridges, once functional, will provide the much needed relief to citizens by easing congestion on the city roads. The project is being undertaken jointly by the railway department and the public works department on a 50:50 basis. According to DC Anbu Kumar, the work will begin within a month. As many as 42 trains pass through Belgaum in a day and the railway gates close for around 20 times. Each time... Read more...
gates close for about eight minutes, and traffic backs up on the roads. Sometimes even police find it difficult to regulate the gridlock. The proposal of constructing over bridges was pending for the past two decades. Several organizations were forcing to take up the work immediately, following the increasing number of vehicles in city. However, after a long wait, technical work has begun now. The railway department has already called tender notification for the work. In the first phase, works will be taken up at the Dharwad Road railway gate at a cost of Rs 36 crore. The Kapileshwar Phata railway gate work will be taken up after Ganesh Chaturthi, as the immersion procession of lord Ganesh passes through this road. The state government has given technical approval for the projects. The district administration has handed over the responsibility of land acquisition to the Belgaum City Corporation. DC Anbu Kumar told TOI that the cost aspects of the project are being worked out.