As Kashmir freezes, work resumes on Srinagar flyover

Work on flyover resumes in Srinagar in December 2016 after almost five months of paralysis
Work on flyover resumes in Srinagar in December 2016 after almost five months of paralysis

KL News Network

SRINAGAR

Ten days ahead of bone-chilling Chila-ie-Kalan as temperature gets into sub-celsius, work on Rambagh flyover resumes. Commuters were surprised to see the construction workers atop the huge concrete piers trying dusting and managing the rust on the steel works. A small number of workers were seen at least at three points in Rambagh alone.

The 2.4 kms Jehangir Chowk – Rambagh flyover being funded by the Asian Development Bank and implemented by Simplex Infrastructure is crucial to the vehicular movement as its construction has forced a new jamming routine on the road. The construction company was also seen trying laying a new one-lane between the Barzalla and Rambagh bridges to create more space for movement of vehicles.

The flyover is facing time and cost overruns because of the crises that have frequently hit it. Earlier, work on it was stalled for more than three months in wake of September 2014 floods. In the ongoing unrest that started with the killing of Burhan Wani, the work remained paralysed as most of the workers fled.

Implementation of the flyover started in 2013 summer and it was supposed to cost Rs 369 crore, a tag that will alter in wake of time overruns. After floods it was supposed to be ready by March 2017 which seems apparently unreasonable now.

Though negotiations to fix the new deadline is inevitable, sources said it will only be taken up after the works resumes fully. Officials said only a handful of workers have returned and full mobilization may take some more time.

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