Nagpur: A delegation of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) led by its secretary Tejinder Singh Renu met project director of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Ram Mishra and submitted memorandum high lightening various projects wherein urgent attention is required as they are causing hurdles in development of the region.
Tejinder Singh Renu informed project director that present Chinchbhavan Railway over Bridge (ROB) on Wardha Road (NH 7) is too narrow and is prone to recurrent accidents. If any vehicle fails on ROB the traffic practically stops for hours together making entire ROB one-way. Even a small accident also causes similar problem. Moreover proposed AIIMS in Mihan will attract many patients too and if their ambulance gets stuck-up in traffic jam on this flyover, it could cause casualty for simply not able to provide medical facility in time.
Likewise many foreign delegates are frequently visiting SEZ Mihan to explore possibilities of expansion of their units including for survey in furtherance to new project and having no other option they pass through Chinchbhavan Flyover which shadows a bad impression of facilities towards SEZ Mihan. Therefore removal of this hurdle by expansion of Chinchbhavan Flyover at the earliest is a must.
Similarly an underpass is required at Wardha Road in Kapri, as due to ever increasing traffic on Wardha Road (NH 7), many citizens occupied in Kapri are facing problem in crossing national highway as there is no option available to them. Hence an underpass should be constructed so that residents of Kapri can easily crossover without disturbing traffic on national highway and this underpass will also reduce chances of accident on this high-speed highway.
Renu also said that although the Ring Road flyover has been constructed on Bhandara Road (NH 6) near Kapsi, but its mandatory leaf-roads required for smooth accident free movement of traffic are still pending. This work should be completed on priority as many commuters travel wrong side as requisite leaf-roads are not available making them prone to accidents.
Moreover two portions of National Highway No. 7 – Khawasa to Mansar i.e. from Km 652.00 to 689.00 and another section from Km 123 to Km 153 of Nagpur – Hyderabad in the State of Maharashtra are not made 4 lanes yet; although thankfully NHAI has done carpeting over, but 4 laning is required on topmost priority. As strong infrastructure is the backbone of the country and highways plays very important role apart from playing picture of our development overseas, hence these two patches needs to be constructed 4 lanes at the earliest.
NHAI project director Ram Mishra assured VTA that by coming month tender for Chinchbhavan ROB expansion will be issued and if all goes well, within 2 years this project will be completed. On Bhandara road leaf-roads he said, few land-owners have no vacated their land yet & NHAI has approached police for assistance to get the job done for early construction of leaf-roads. Further Mishra assured that planning underpass at Kapri is under process. Nagpur-Hyderabad section tender will be floated next month by NHAI; however Khawasa-Mansar issue being pending before National Green Tribunal (NGT) may require some time for clearance, but shall be done soon.
Also present in VTA delegation were Joint Secretary Hemant Trivedi, Executive Body Member Amarjeet Singh Chawla and Rajesh Kanoongo.