Incomplete Nangal bridge nightmare for commuters

Lalit Mohan &

Arun Sharma

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala/Ropar, Nov 8

The incomplete bridge in Nangal, located 6 km from the Himachal Pradesh-Punjab border, has become a nightmare for commuters travelling via Mehatpur in Una district.

Thousands of tourists and residents of Himachal Pradesh get stuck in traffic jams on the bridge almost every day, at times for hours.

Rs 183-crore Projects underway

  • Work on an ROB near Nangal Dam and a high-level bridge on the Sutlej set to be completed by April 30 next year
  • Another ROB near Ajouli Mor is expected to be finished by the end of next year
  • The Rs 183-crore projects will ease traffic movement on the road passing through Nangal

The bridge is vital for residents of Una and Hamirpur districts as it is their only link to Chandigarh. Even ambulances on way to the PGI get stuck in traffic jams.

The bridge, built more than 60 years ago, is not wide enough to cater to the increasing vehicular traffic. The NHAI had approved a railway overbridge (ROB) near Nangal Dam, a high-level bridge on the Sutlej and another ROB near Ajouli Mor in December 2017. Authorities in Punjab claim while the first two projects will be completed by April 30 next year, the third is expected to be completed by the end of next year as 80 per cent of the work is still pending.

Yuvraj Singh Bindra, Executive Engineer, PWD Central Works, said over 77 per cent work of the Nangal ROB and Sutlej flyover was over and the remaining would be completed by April 30. Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur had written to the NHAI on the issue.

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