Amritsar: Despite experimenting with many concepts, the persistent traffic chaos on and around the Bhandari Bridge has forced the administration to contemplate extending the main elevated road till the railway station.
Officials said the issue of extending the elevated road was in its initial planning stage. As per the plan, the elevated road could be stretched to about half a km, from the Bhandari Bridge to the railway station, yet the immediate experiment would be to reduce the circumference of the roundabout.
The PPCB has termed this stretch as the most polluted area due to vehicular pollution between 9 am and 8 pm. At the Bhandari Bridge, the PPCB found the particulate matter as high as 599 per cubic metre during peak hours and 232 per cubic metre during lean traffic hours.
The report of RITES, a Government of India enterprise, stated that over 1 lakh vehicles pass through this bridge in 24 hours.
It may be mentioned that a proposal to widen the railway overbridge, which connects the walled city with the new city, was scrapped after over 20 months of planning, meetings and debates.
The Railways had rejected the proposal to widen the bridge as iron angles distinguishing its main road from the pedestrian paths on both sides could not be removed. Besides, being a cantilever bridge and keeping in view its age, it was found infeasible to spend so much money on its widening.
Subsequently, the matter was incorporated in the comprehensive mobility plan (CMP) for the city.
- Going by the report of RITES Limited, a Government of India enterprise, over 1 lakh vehicles pass through the Bhandari Bridge in 24 hours.
- The study is substantiated by a report of the PPCB, which has termed the Bhandari Bridge point as the most polluted area due to vehicular pollution between 9 am and 8 pm.
- The PPCB detected the particulate matter as high as 599 per cubic metre during peak hours and 232 per cubic metre during lean hours on the Bhandari Bridge.
The proposal is there. Even as the extension of the elevated road would be the ultimate solution to reduce the load on the Bhandari Bridge, but as an immediate measure, we are planning to shorten the existing roundabout.
— Bhupinder Singh, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation