Itwari Railway Overbridge Girders laid, likely to open in Feb

NAGPUR: After a delay of two years, the Itwari railway over bridge (RoB) is close to being completed. Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) laid girders above the railway line on Friday, raising hope that the work would be complete within two months. The citizens of East, North and Central Nagpur will benefit from the new RoB.

Interestingly, it took six months for NMC to get permission from the Indian Railways to lay girders over the railway line while it too just 90 minutes to complete the work.

Municipal commissioner Shyam Wardhane told that it was a big challenge to complete the work within two hours. “Railways permitted two-hour rail traffic blockage on the railway line. We were ready with all plans and infrastructure well in advance. Blockage was given from 11am and work began without wasting a single minute. Four heavy girders were laid well in time and the entire work completed in two hours. Strict instructions have been given to complete the RoB within two months now. I am grateful to officials of Central Railway and South-East Central Railway for the cooperation,” he said.

Standing committee chairman Avinash Thakre said the new RoB will be opened to traffic as soon as the work is completed. “RoB connects Itwari with Khairipura and Shanti Nagar. Approaches are ready and we were waiting for the bridge over the railway line. Now, concrete slab will be constructed on the girders laid over the railway line on Friday. Then the old RoB adjacent to the new one will be taken up for work. Old RoB will be connected with new one to allow two-lane traffic,” he said.

NMC’s monthly progress report on JNNURM projects says the RoB was to be completed by August 2011. Work was delayed due to delays in getting land lease and permissions from the railways. Wardhane had to travel to New Delhi and get necessary approvals, including traffic block permission.

The Centre approved the project on January 22, 2007, for a cost of Rs9 crore. The delay doubled the project cost. NMC had spent Rs20.76 crore on the project as on October 31 and is likely to pay more till completion of works.

Congress corporator Abha Pande is pursuing the work and was present during the girder laying work. NMC officials including superintending engineer Prakash Urade, city engineer SS Gaikwad and others monitored the work.