CM inaugurates phase-I of Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover


Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday inaugurated the phase-I of the Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover stretching from Amar Singh College to Barzulla here.
The second phase of the flyover is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
However, Mehbooba Mufti avoided the media persons who were waiting to talk to her on the occasion. Seemingly, the CM wanted to avoid questions on her coalition partner BJP’s opposition to the truce proposal and the recent remarks of the Army Chief.
Ministers Naeem Akhtar, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Muhammad Ashraf Mir and Asiea Naqash and several legislators and officials were present at the inaugural event.
Soon after being thrown open for public, the commuters started using this corridor, many of them recorded their first travel over the fly-over in camera phones.
Minutes after the inauguration, a couple was hit by a speeding motorcycle on the fly-over. They received minor injuries in the accident and were taken to Bone and Joints Hospital Barzulla. 
Chief executive officer Economic Reconstruction Agency Farooq Ahmad Lone told the Greater Kashmir that the corridor from Amar Singh College to Barzulla bridge will give a major push to the connectivity infrastructure in the summer capital.
He informed that being built at a cost of Rs 350 crore, the Asian Development Bank-funded project would hugely decongest the traffic on the road towards Barzulla and Srinagar Airport and the time to cover the distance would be reduced by a great measure.
“The Natipora limb of the project is going to be made trafficable within two months and the whole 4-lane flyover spanning more than one and a half kilometers would be made functional by the year end,” he informed.
Earlier, the Chief Minister was briefed about the salient features of this project by the CEO, ERA.
The project is being executed by the Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency with Simplex Limited as the project contractor.
The construction started in 2013, it was to be completed within three years. Initially, September 2016 was fixed as the deadline, but it was extended to March 2017 after the September 2014 floods. Work was again suspended in 2016 after labourers from outside the state fled Kashmir in the wake of the uprising triggered by the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani.
In the afternoon, traffic police issued an advisory for commuters on using the flyover.
The commuters travelling to Budgam, Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Baghat Barzulla and Airport can use the flyover, said a spokesman.
“However, the commuters travelling to Chanapora and Natipora shall adopt Rambagh bridge beneath the flyover,” it said.
The spokesman said the traffic on the flyover shall be exclusively one-way and no traffic in the opposite direction shall be allowed towards Tuslibagh via the flyover.
“General public is requested to kindly co-operate,” he said.

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