Remodelling of Bareilly-Nainital highway to be done


After the ‘Bada bypass’ came into operation, the district authorities are ready to rebuild the Bareilly-Nainital highway by widening it. The shifting out of over 60 religious spots and shops that are coming in the way will also be done.

District officials said construction of 45-kms of the 54-km road has been completed and one side of the highway will be opened for public from October 15. However, the whole project would be finished by March 2015.

Before the reconstruction, the road had big cracks and potholes, forcing commuters to take an alternative route via Bilaspur. Small cars were unable to go on the road and it was mainly being used by heavy vehicles. With the authorities widening it from two-lane to four-lane and also re-building it, tourists planning to visit Nainital will benefit the most as they will no longer have to go to Bilaspur.

The travel time between Bareilly and Nainital will come down from four hours to three hours.

Local authorities have sped up ongoing work at the road. The stretch measuring 54 kilometres in length and connecting Izzatnagar to Pulbatta earlier had nearly 60 big and small religious sites. Though most of the small religious sites have been relocated with the approval of the authorities concerned, a mosque had recently halted construction work at the highway.

ADM, administration, Arun Kumar said, "After consulting the clerics of the mosque and project manager, it has been decided that we will demolish one wall of the site which is a hindrance to the project. As both the parties have agreed and there is no need to relocate the mosque, work would be finished soon." Besides religious sites, the local authorities have to shift a few shops coming up in the middle of the highway. "We have allotted new space to the shopkeepers," Kumar added.

The local authorities started constructing Nanital road nearly six months back. Bareilly is considered to be a gateway to Uttarakhand, and the new Nanital road will offer smooth ride to tourists from Bareilly and adjoining districts.

Meanwhile, the authorities of the railway board have given approval for constructing a railway over-bridge at Lal Fatak. The area has witnessed regular traffic hazards with commuters coming from Badaun usually held up for hours together.

The demand for railway over-bridge at Lal Fatak was raised in 2000 and the matter was pending with the authorities for years. However, the state government gave its approval for the project in 2011 and it was subsequently passed by Cantonment and military board.

"As the railway board has also given a green signal for the overbridge at Lal Fatak, the construction work would begin by next year," said a senior official. The construction of the bridge is expected to bring an end to traffic chaos and facilitate commuters on a daily basis.

Apart from Lal Fatak, a new railway overbridge which will connect the city with the prestigious Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) to ease traffic jams coming from Nainital and Mini Bypass road which connects the city with Delhi is also coming up. The Y-shaped railway overbridge would connect the eastern gate of IVRI with the Nainital-Mini bypass on the western side. It will stretch around 700 metres in length and 7.5 metre wide. The state government has issued an estimated budget of nearly Rs 54 crore to Izzatnagar rail division for this project.

Among other upcoming projects is also the civilian airport at Pilibhit. The much-awaited project has been hanging fire due to lack of clearance from the state government, despite local farmers having agreed to sell land to the government for the project. The site of this project has been finalized at Ahmednagar village at Pilibhit bypass next to the Trishul Airport of Indian Air Force. The Bareilly district administration has already received Rs 11 crore from the government for the airport.

Besides, after the inauguration of ‘Bada bypass’ transporters have agreed to shift their heavy vehicles to Transport Nagar, which is set to be inaugurated today. The project, which was first proposed in 1992, has been pending over transporters refusal to shift to TP Nagar until the ‘Bada bypass’ was opened. With the opening of TP Nagar, commuters will no longer have to dodge heavy vehicles parked here and there on city roads. In fact, the administration has said transporters found parking their vehicles on city roads would be fined.

The ‘Bada bypass’, which connects Lucknow to New Delhi via Bareilly, was thrown open to the public recently. The project, which had been in the pipeline since the 11 years, is still not complete, but has been inaugurated to facilitate commuters. With the opening of the bypass, it is expected that heavy vehicles will no longer use national highway-2 which passes through the heart of the city.

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