More flyovers to be stent in Ahmedabad arteries

September 24, 2013

Himanshu Kaushik & Shakil Pathan, TNN


AHMEDABAD: The standing committee of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has approved the proposal for a flyover connecting Vijay Crossroads and Drive-in. This flyover, 2.5-km-long, will be the longest in the city. Further, it will be built over existing flyovers over 132 Feet Ring Road and at Helmet Crossroads.

AMC officials said the standing committee has approved four new flyovers, work on which will be started only when the detail project report (DPR) gets approval of JNNURM officials.

The civic body officials said that survey by Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi, had revealed that traffic coming into the city from Gurukul was much heavier than the traffic along the 132 Feet Ring Road. Hence, a flyover over the existing one over the 132 Feet Ring Road was felt necessary. Similarly, the survey had revealed that there were frequent traffic jams at Shyamal Crossroads and Jivraj Mehta Crossroads. Hence, a new flyover was needed at Helmet Crossroads while the existing one would be extended.

The other two flyovers will be built at Hatkeshwar junction in Khokhra and Dinesh Chambers junction in Bapunagar area.

According to municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra, the estimated cost of the project had been kept on the higher side, in view of the rise in the cost of construction material over the time it took to complete a flyover.

The AMC officials said that on the basis of a survey of 34 junctions carried out by the CRRI, it has been decided in principle that the construction of flyovers and underpasses will be taken up in a phased manner. The city currently has around 30 lakh vehicles and another two lakh are added every year, the officials said.

“The existing flyover at Jivraj railway crossing will be extended on both sides. The bridge toward Shyamal Crossroads will be extended to Shyamal Crossroads while the one towards Jivraj Crossroads will also be extended to cover Jivraj Crossroads,” said an official.


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