Citizens Council asks for speedy work of Third gate ROB

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The member of the Citizens Council met Deputy Commissioner Belagavi and appraised him about the very slow work of the Third gate RoB at LC 381.

The delegates also submitted the memorandum regarding the same.

On receipt of the memorandum the DC called up the SWR authorities and instructed them to initiate the work on a war footing and complete it by Oct 2021. He assured of his personal visit this week to the sight and resolve the traffic congestion with the help of the Police Dept.

Looking at the infrastructure need the Govt ( state/central/Railways) has decided to widen the existing roads as well as construct the new required ROB. As a part of the same, the foundation stone of the ROB third Railway Gate ( Level Crossing No.381) was done on 6th Jan 2019 with the assurance of completion by March 2020 which already lapsed by almost 16 months and still the major portion of the ROB is incomplete.

The ROB was sanctioned at a cost of Rs.27.28 cr on a 50/50 cost-sharing basis between the Ministry of Railways and the Govt Of Karnataka.

The span of ROB is 1*2*54 Bowstring Girder with a 4 lane approach. But for last so many months the work is totally standstill putting the citizens in severe hardship.

Recently it is learned from tweeter handle of Railways that the ROB will be completed by March 2022, due to pandemic delay.

The Ministry of Home Affairs in its SOP 2020 and 2021 made it clear that there will not be any ban on construction activities of Central, State, Railways, and National Highway projects during Lockdown.

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Sir, here we would like to bring to your kind notice that big trenches have been dug up which has no barricading or safety tapes welcoming some more life-threatening accidents which the Belagavi has already witnessed on 1st Railway gate to Mandolin road year back.

Heavy traffic congestion and traffic jams are a routine scenario with making it more miserable when the gate closes for trains.

The Goa highway, the biggest industrial estates, five big major colleges including VTU, 3 Hospitals are situated in Udyambag, Peeranwadi, Machhe area who are the major victims of this incomplete work.

Looking at the hardship of citizens and commuters traveling from 3rd Railway gate road and as a head of Belagavi District, we would like to request you, sir, to kindly call a meeting of all the stakeholders involved and instruct them to speed up by putting extra efforts and manpower and complete the work at earliest by October 2021.

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