Seeing the increasing traffic pressure on Jhotwara flyover, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is thinking of appointing a consulting firm to look for a possible solution.
The firm will study all the aspects like whether the flyover should be widened or new flyover should be constructed parallel to the existing one. "At present the width of the flyover is less. As no land is available on the sides, scope for widening the flyover is less. The firm will also conduct a study on how many houses will be affected if the flyover is widened," an official said.
Traffic on the flyover has increased manifold after the new colonies developed in nearby areas. In recent past, JDA's attempt to reduce the traffic failed. "Earlier the proposal to open the gates below the flyover was rejected by the railways. Similarly, the Army had also refused to give land for expansion of the bridge," the official said.
A flyover near the Bhawani Singh College was also proposed, several meetings with the railways took place, however, nothing concrete came out. The flyover is too narrow to accommodate the traffic pressure. JDA also is re-thinking of the viability of an elevated road to decongest Bais Godam.
"The construction will be done above the railway tracks near Bais Godam. Possibilities are being explored so that they can start construction near LIC office and connect it with elevated road at Ajmer Road. The project cost may come around Rs 150 crore, JDA estimates," said a senior official.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot had approved the construction of elevated road at this major traffic junction. A senior JDA official said, "Earlier, anticipating the future situation, an elevated road over the Bais Godam flyover was proposed from Sodala Square to Katputli Nagar bifurcation. The project was put on hold due to criticism and financial conditions. Also, the height of the proposed elevated road was around 20 metre (70 feet) which was another reason for objection."
After planting trees under Metro tracks, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) is mulling a proposal to replicate the drive under flyover and railway over bridges (ROB) in the city.
An official said there are more than 16 ROBs and flyovers and to prevent encroachments, green belts will developed under the flyovers and ROBs. However, the proposal is not finalized yet as the authority is also looking into the possibilities of developing a night market beneath these flyover and ROBs. "Suggestion from the engineering wing has been sought. The decision will be taken during a meeting scheduled to be held in the first week of September," an official said.
At present, the area has been encroached by the cart pullers. Moreover, residents park their cars under the flyovers. "As encroachers have opened their shops, the possibilities of accidents on nearby roads increase and due to this reason, the move has been incorporated in the meeting agenda," the official added. Recently, the JDA decided to develop a green belt under Metro tracks to prevent the area from encroachment. An official said the JDA has already started planting creepers on the dividers of roads and Rs 2.23 crore was sanctioned for the purpose. Moreover, Rs 11.50 crore has been sanctioned to plant trees on medians and maintain the green area.
Following too many traffic snarls on arterial routes due to improper connectivity, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) once again is gearing up to construct the missing stretches running across the city. The decision has been taken to reduce traffic load in many areas. The JDA officials believe that the area near Bais Godam is expected to benefit the most as a parallel road to the flyover there will be joined and opened for public.
A senior engineer at JDA said, "We will conduct a survey of all the major missing links. The traffic pressure near Bais Godam is expected to reduce as two missing links, one at Sahkar Marg and another near the mall is expected to be joined."
With land acquisition posing a major problem, JDA was struggling to construct the missing stretches earlier. Last year the civic body decided to work on 14 stretches in the first phase to inter-link all roads in various zones. Recently, officials were directed to prepare a proposal for this. However, till date, no ground work has been done and the project has been taken up again,
A senior official affirmed, "Earlier, the process of connecting the links started and land acquisition was done. But the authorities faced many hurdles while taking possession. So, construction in many areas never began."
Explaining some of these problems a JDA source said, "Due to many large houses and bungalows constructed on these links, the task of acquiring them has become a major roadblock. Some of the houses are even stuck in litigation." The source added, "JDA also faces the problem of rehabilitating the displaced residents and compensating them duly. A decision in this regard will be taken only after the state government's approval."
The roads to be joined in the first phase are stretches between Jagatpura and airport, Ajmer , MI Road to Jai Club, 160- feet road between Sanjeeveni Hospital Road and Nirman Nagar and Ajmer Road to Queens Road among others.
Officials firmly believe that traffic flow will be smooth if all the missing links are open. "To reduce traffic load and distance between Hawa Sadak to Gujjar Ki Thaddi, the authorities have acquired land near Chambal power station. "The 88-feet road passes through the area adjoining Chambal power station, after the missing link is joined commuters will be able to directly go to Gujjar Ki Thadi via Ram Nagar.
Miffed with the government's delay in opening the elevated road, local residents of Ajmer road on Sunday staged a protest and demanded that the road be opened by September 10, failing which they will start using road.
Under the banner of People Green Party, the protestors block the road near Civil Lines junction on Sunday morning. Local police had to struggle for a long time to appease the protestors.
Garav Sharma, a local resident and protester claimed, "The road was completed eleven months ago after spending Rs 270 crore of the public money. Despite its completion, the local public is suffering as state government is not willing to inaugurate the project in absence of senior leaders."
As the opening of project is delayed, the locals are facing huge inconvenience and have to endure long traffic snarls. The length of elevated road towards Ajmer is 2.95 km and 4.63 km from the Ajmer side to Jaipur. The Metro will run from Sodala to Civil Lines on the second level and it will have a length of 1.6 km, an official said.
An official said the ground level will be for normal traffic while the first level will have a four-lane elevated road, which is being constructed for smooth flow of traffic on the highway to Ajmer, and on the second level, Metro tracks will be built.
The official claimed, "On Ajmer road, it was expected that the train tracks and the traffic will be open for public together. Majority of the four-lane elevated track has been completed; it will be operational as soon as the government nod nod is received."
The DMRC is constructing double-storey elevated road and a Metro track project for the first time in the country. The construction of the elevated road was proposed to ease traffic flow from Ajmer to Jaipur and vice-versa as the scope for widening the roads in the area is less. The Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) project on the route is expected to be 11 months late.
Mohammad Iqbal, another protestor said, "The road connects new colonies with old Jaipur. Nearly 5 lakh commuters are suffering daily as the road is not opened. Due to narrow lanes, long traffic jams are witnessed during peak hours."
A day after residents staged a protest to open the elevated road on Ajmer Road, chief secretary (CS) Rajiv Mehrishi pulled up the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials over the delay. It was learnt that though the project is almost complete the elevated road is not open for traffic as the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) and DMRC have locked horns over payment issue. The CS has directed the parties to resolve the issue soon without further delays.
JDA has contracted DMRC to construct the elevated road. Sources in the department said that as per the agreement, JDA has to pay approximately Rs 214 crore to DMRC for construction of elevated road. The estimated project cost was Rs 200, other than this six per cent of the total cost was fixed as administrative charges and Rs 2 crore as consultancy fees for DMRC.
"So far JDA has paid approximately Rs 210 crore to DMRC . While, DMRC is adamant that the road will be opened for traffic only after remaining payment is made, JDA wants the corporation to finish the incomplete work," said a source. He added, "Only finishing work of the project remains and it can be opened any time."
On Sunday, miffed with the government's delay in opening the elevated road, local residents of Ajmer Road staged a protest and demanded that the road be opened by September 10, failing which they will start using the road. Gaurav Sharma, a local resident and protester alleged, "The road was completed 11 months ago after spending huge amount of public money. Despite its completion, the local public is suffering as the state government is not willing to inaugurate the project in absence of senior leaders."
As the opening of the project is delayed, the locals are facing huge inconvenience and have to endure long traffic snarls. The length of elevated road towards Ajmer is 2.95 km and 4.63 km from Ajmer side to Jaipur. The Metro will run from Sodala to Civil Lines on the second level and it will have a length of 1.6 km, an official said.
Mohammad Iqbal, another protester said, "The road connects new colonies with old Jaipur. Nearly 5 lakh commuters are suffering daily as the road is not open. Due to narrow lanes, long traffic jams are witnessed during peak hours."
With number of vehicles increasing in the Pink City, the Jaipur Development Authority ( JDA) has initiated efforts to make swift traffic movement on the roads.
Towards achieving this goal, JDA on Friday demolished a traffic circle at Vaishali Nagar and also announced to open a railway over bridge ( RoB) soon.
Amid huge protest, JDA razed the Vaishali Nagar circle which was obstructing the traffic flow. The local residents and shopkeepers jammed the road in protest and scuffled with JDA officials. Later the officials with police assistance continue with the drive. The protesters alleged that the drive is conducted without any planning and many trees and plants were destroyed by the JCB machine.
A JDA team reached the spot at 11 am to demolish the circle. Around the same time, residents along with local councilors gathered in large number and tried to stop the drive. The team halted for a while but the rotary was razed when the protesters came to the JDA headquarters to meet the Jaipur Development Commissioner (JDC).
"The decision to remove the rotary and develop a junction was taken during the traffic control board meeting (TCB). The additional chief secretary, Ashok Jain, also inspected the area recently," an official informed.
According to sources, two more roundabouts, the Nursery circle and the Amarpali circle in Vaishali Nagar will also be razed. "As per the India Roads Congress (IRC) rules, if the vehicle count is 2,000 per hour from all four directions on a circle, it has to be removed and developed it as junction where traffic light should be installed," the official said.
Meanwhile, JDA on Friday announced to soon open the railway over bridge ( RoB) constructed over the Dadi Ka Pathak. Official explained that once in operation, many colonies along with commuters from the Jhotawara industrial area will be able to travel swiftly. "The RoB is constructed after making an expenditure of nearly Rs 42 crore. The total length of the RoB is 647 metre and length of the viaduct is 247 metre," the official said.
From Jhotwara end the bridge is 252 metre long, while from Delhi road end, it is 155 metre long. "The width of the four lane RoB is 17.20 metre . It also has 5.50 metre slip lanes on both sides.
As a rare respite for commuters using the Jaipur-Gurgaon stretch of national highway (NH) 8, it has been announced that major part of the construction work is likely to be completed by November end this year. Pulled up by the high court and other agencies, developer, Pink City Express Private Limited (PCEPL) apprised the court about the progress made in the project.
Out of 39 structures falling in Rajasthan, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has commissioned 25 till date. For another eight structures, the developer is expected to be in a position to commission them by November 30.
"There has been a steady progress now in the widening of the highway. Against the 23 structures completed till March 2013, we have been able to erect 17 more since then," said NHAI official. He added that widening of roads at 10 different points have also been taken up.
Meanwhile, for remaining six, state is yet to provide the needed land for construction. According to officials of PCEPL, at two places state government has to provide forest clearances as Shahpura encroachments have to be cleared and at two places school buildings need be relocated.
Apart from this, the developer, while presenting its case before the court, drew the attention of other hindrances too. Officials from PCEPL said overloading by goods carriers has been one of the major reasons for the damages on existing roads. "Our roads are made for certain excel load. Beyond that they are bound to get damage," said one of the officials.
Along with it, they also demanded for removal of illegal parking on the constructed patch. "NH-8 has become a parking area for certain patches in Shahpura and Kotputli. These vehicles stand on the main carriage way obstructing the road," the official added.
Inclusion of soil, major raw material for road construction, in the category of mineral is yet another issue faced by the developer. For excavation of soil now environmental clearances are needed by the user.
Court's earlier order to freeze the escrow account and stay on toll revision has made the developer jittery. "Toll increase is a part of the agreement and it's the backbone of our financial planning. Not to use the money from toll collection will impact cash inflow in our project. We will put forth our stand in front of court," said LR Singh, vice president, PCEPL.
Terming Jaipur-Gurgaon stretch of national highway (NH) - 8 as the black spot, Union minister for road transport, Nitin Gadkari said that even he is embarrassed with the delay in widening of the road.
Speaking to media while presenting 100 days achievements of his ministry, Gadkari remarked "There are some pride projects but Jaipur-Gurgaon high ways is the biggest black spot. There are lots of problems and I am personally embarrassed with the current situation. But now I am personally monitoring it and there has been some progress."
He added that constant delay in the project has put him in an uncomfortable position. "I have no place hide my face when MP from Rajasthan ask me what is happening in the project. Questions on the NH 8 are amongst the most difficult to answer," said Gadkari.
Expressing his apologies to the people of Rajasthan, the minister assured that the complete widening will be over by 2015.
On the question of taking action against the contractor, Pink City Express Private Limited, he conveyed his helplessness. "What action should I take? On the contrary, I have to request the contractor to complete the pending work. Other wise the matter will go into the court and the project will get further delayed," added Gadkari.
On the express way between Jaipur and Delhi, the road transport minister pointed that land acquisition itself will cost Rs. 21,000 cr. The ministry is now looking at other alternatives including underground tunnels to make the project economically viable.
Saurabh Sharma, TNN | Sep 15, 2014, 05.25PM IST
The statue at police memorial circle would be relocated to Dadu circle on Moti Doongri road. The Jaipur Development Authority has plans to remove the circle to improve traffic flow in the area. The other statues erected at Parashar circle, and Satishchandra Agarwal circle and Parshuram circle will be relocated to other places as there are plans to remove these three circles.
Jaipur development commissioner Shikhar Agarwal on Saturday inspected the city roads along with other JDA officials to find out problems people are facing driving on city roads.
Agarwal directed the officials to prepare proposals to remove the circle by relocating the statues, JDA officials said. Drivers and riders face difficulties at Rao Shekhaji circle at Chomu Pulia and Veer Durgadas circle in Jhotwara due to frequent traffic congestion, forcing traffic to move at snail's pace. The JDC has directed the officials to prepare a plan to improve traffic movement.
There are roads which needs proper slip lanes. JDC inspected the roads and directed the officials to make proper design for slip lane, connecting JLN Marg with Narayan Singh circle. Moreover, two new slip lanes on left side of Narayan Singh circle and near Uniara house will be constructed. Besides, Agarwal directed the officials to construct and repair roads near Bais Godam, Church Road in Vidhayakpuri and widening of road connecting Shyam Nagar with Janpath.
TNN | Sep 21, 2014, 04.14 AM IST
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 | Sandhya Jyoti Darpam
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Monday, October 6th, 2014 | Sandhya Jyoti Darpam
JAIPUR: The Jaipur Development Authority on Wednesday razed a temple near Jagatpura intersection which was constructed a few meters below from the road surface. The temple was in the middle of the road and causing threat to commuters on the route.
After removing the construction, the civic body levelled the land and work to construct road will be completed by Thursday. "The drive was carried out peacefully to remove the religious structure. The local residents also cooperated with the JDA," said secretary, JDA, Pawan Arora.
In the past, many accidents have been witnessed in the area. Ram Lal Saini, a local resident said, "At night it was very risky for commuters, who were not aware about the existence of the temple in middle of the road. Many a time bikers have landed on the temple verandah."
As the road connects national highway-11 and B2 bypass via Jawahar Circle, many trucks and other heavy vehicles pass through the area at night. Many believe shifting of temple was necessity as traffic in the area has increased. "The temple was constructed when the area was not fully developed. Now, the situation has changed as number of vehicles on this road has increased manifold. I appreciate the step taken by JDA as it will surely provide relief to commuters," said Sawati Singh, another local resident. Recently, JDA commissioner Shikhar Agarwal has initiated a long pending drive to remove religious structures and resize rotaries from arterial routes which are obstructing smooth traffic flow.
TNN | Nov 20, 2014, 01.59 AM IST
JAIPUR: Striving to ensure smooth traffic flow, the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) shifted a temple on Hawa Sadak in the city on Saturday.
According to JDA officials, the temple was encroaching on the road. The sources said that the temple had been shifted to a place in the nearby area.
The JDA had identified the religious structures, which are built on the encroached land and causing traffic congestion, affecting traffic flow.
The officials after shifting the temple have started construction of road on the space. The road was recently constructed to connect Nandpuri area with main road leading to Sodala. Due to construction of yard of Chambal power house, a patch of 100 meter of the same Hawa Sadak road was affected and people had to take other routes to reach the main road leading to Sodala.
The officials of the JDA reached the spot in the afternoon and started the work for construction of road by removing the structure. Recently, the JDA had completed a survey in the city and identified 400 such religious structures encroaching upon the road affecting the traffic flow leading to frequent traffic congestions.
Also, the JDA is taking measures to reduce the circumference of the circles or by removing the circles in the city to ensure that the vehicles, which have increased in numbers significantly in the past decade, could move without traffic congestion. The circumference of the Trimurti circle has also been decreased by the JDA, which has created a lot of space for traffic movement. A JDA official said that they would continue their drive in the city to remove encroachments on roads for traffic movement.
TNN | Dec 1, 2014, 12.34AM IST