January 23, 2019

Tracks to be removed from railway land

Patna: The road construction department’s next move after receiving the R-Block-Digha plot is to remove the railway tracks. Road construction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav said removal of tracks would start from next month and a detail project report is being prepared.

Bihar government’s long-pending demand was fulfilled when railway minister Piyush Goyal officially handed over the plot to chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday at a function organised at Bapu Sabhagar in which Nand Kishor was also present.”Our next job is to remove railway track and squatters. We’re going to start removal of tracks from September,” Nand Kishor told The Telegraph. “We’ve also started work on the detailed project report (DPR).”

Goyal not only handed over the R-Block-Digha plot but also gave his consent to hand over 11 acres from Patna Ghat to Patna Sahib for road construction. The road construction department plans to build four roads on this 1,050m stretch.

The 4-6 roads proposed between R-Block and Digha will pass through Hartali Mor, Punaichak, Shivpuri, Mahesh Nagar, New Patliputra Colony, Rajiv Nagar and Patliputra industrial area localities.

The best part of this proposed road is that there would be no traffic signal. There would be an elevated stretch at Bailey Road and Rajiv Nagar and an underpass at Punaichak, Shivpuri and Paani Tanki.

Nand Kishor pointed out that at some places the stretch is narrow and at others wide. This was found out during a survey the Patna district administration carried out with the help of a drone. “The drone survey clearly indicated that at places the area is narrow,” Nand Kishore said.

“We have to find out if there is less land or it has been encroached upon. As the stretch would be connected to Ashok Rajpath via the Ganga driveway there would be a need to elevate the road. Accordingly, we are making the DPR.” Around Rs 384 crore would be spent on the 4-6 lane road, the minister said, but added that the estimate was not final as the DPR is not ready yet.

Railway sources said removal of railway tracks would take at least three months. Railways would be engaged in the task and the removed tracks will be sold as scrap.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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