Foot-over bridge near Kangla gate installed

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 8th Oct: Of the three foot-over bridges to be constructed in the state capital with Rs 16.6 crore fund sanctioned by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the one which is being constructed near Western Gate of Kangla reached final stage and state works department has made preparations to inaugurate it within a week.
Complete structure of the foot-over bridge was brought at the site from Mantripukhri at about 8am Tuesday and installed the same in the presence of works minister Th Biswajit.
Informing media persons at the site, Biswajit said three foot-over bridges will be constructed at Kangla gate, BT road and Keishampat. The complete structure of the foot-over bridge at Kangla gate has been installed Tuesday.
After completing this, the one at BT road will be installed followed by the third at Keishampat, he said, adding that the project is being targetted for completion by December 24. He also said that foot-over bridges at Kangla gate and BT road would be completed by November and the third one at Keishampat is likely to be completed by December this year.
The works minister also informed media persons that state works department is planning to submit fresh DPR for Imphal ring road and elevated highways which will ease traffic congestion in Imphal city. The project was initiated by the previous government in 2015 but it was delayed as Central government declined to sanction fund for compensation to be paid to land owners to be affected by the project. However, state government is on the verge of signing an MoU with the funding agency for the project and the signing could be made in November, he added.
Giving details of the proposed elevated highway, Th Biswajit said the highway will ease traffic congestion in Imphal city and it will begin from the main gate of Manipur University and end at CMC hospital, Koirengei with Raj Bhavan as junction. Another elevated highway from Imphal airport will connect the junction at Raj Bhavan and there is provision to extend the highway towards Kongba side.
The works minister also spoke about many road development projects to be taken up in the state within few months including Manipur State Road Development Programme which will be taken up with Rs 2350 crore.
Superintending engineer Yumnam Joykumar, who was also present at the site, said Imphal Ring Road to be constructed around Greater Imphal area will be around 24 km long and the project is estimated to cost around Rs 1180 crore including compensation to be paid to affected land owners. The fund for the project will be procured from Asian Development Bank with Ministry of Finance as guarantor and 80 percent of the fund will be in the form of grant and 20 percent is to be borne by state government, he added.


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