Since the Past days days each one in the city is very euphoric and ones who rarely take the bridge for commute also have been very vocal.
The Railway over Bridge at Gogte circle is a connection between the north and south parts of this old city. The bridge was built in 1904 sighting that having a Level crossing so near to the Station would not be secure seeing the growth of the city in the years to come.
Today one can see citizens divided on the timing on which the work on the new RoB must start. Each one has their own rationale behind their stand.
A few want the work on the RoB to commence immediately and a few want it to be deferred until the RoB at Old Dharwad road is completed.
The administration as well is playing the wait and watch game. The Railways and its contractor are ready to demolish the said 113 year Strong bridge to make way for a new 4 laned RoB.
But it cant go ahead until the District administration gives NOC.
Postponing the the Construction of this Railway 4 LANE bridge by about 6 months is very saddening.
RoB work must be started only when the Old Dharwad Road RoB is opened for public.
Such messages are doing rounds on social media and each one is forwarding the same by adding their own intelligent inputs.
The time allocated for the completion for the RoB is 18 months and our learned citizens were heard saying it should be completed in 10 months. Well the British took about 2-3 years to build this one which had a 100 year guarantee and if the work scheduled for 18 months is done in 10 months only the Lord can save us some catastrophe. Government’s work is Gods work, so who will mess with the god.
Each one today especially the ones on the Southern part who have to take the Congress road and long route are helpless, vociferation about this but in a mild tone say once this is done it will be so helpful for us.
After the first day of jams, the people too have got into the sleeve the new one ways and round abouts but each time the train passes by and one has to wait for it, they pray let the RoB be constructed soon.
Politics has not yet completely taken over the issue, but each one have their own apprehensions and these apprehensions have got us divided to some extent.
Still with no clarity if the work would commence soon on the Gogte RoB, or will it be started after the Old Dharwad road RoB, only time can tell.