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Bhopal: Habibganj ROB ready, not connecting roads

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The 1.8 kilometre six-lane Habibganj railway-over-bridge (ROB) – the longest flyover in the Madhya Pradesh capital – will only add to chaos in the stretch connecting Arera Colony with Hoshangabad road, a report prepared by the traffic department with the help of Bhopal municipal corporation engineers has found. The flyover is set to be inaugurated on April 13.

According to the report, released 10 days back, the corporation ignored the fact that roads were not wide enough the carry the heavy traffic that would start moving from Chetak Bridge towards Ganesh Mandir, Habibganj Naka to reach Hoshangabad road once the flyover was opened to the public. Additional superintendent of police (traffic) Sameer Yadav said to ensure smooth traffic flow, the BMC should have constructed a rotary near Ganesh Mandir so that vehicles coming from the Board Office Square and Arera Colony did not run into each other.

“Vehicles will be moving in high speed over the ROB and there are chances of accidents. All the arrangements should have been made before the inauguration. We will try to manage the traffic, but infrastructural improvement is necessary,” said Yadav. The report also says the BMC should remove encroachment between Board Office Square and Ganesh Mandir to widen the service lane before inaugurating the ROB. It also maintained that Red Buses and mini buses should not be allowed in the area.

The ASP (traffic) also pointed out that installation of traffic lights and signage on the approaching road connecting the ROB to Fracture Hospital was pending.
When approached on the issue, BMC city engineer OP Bhardwaj said, “We are installing guards at the ROB and also putting signage for commuters. We will work on the other suggestions, like improvement in the service road and widening of road, within a few months.”

The Rs 82-crore Habibganj ROB will fork out in three directions–one arm extending from RRL trisection to Arera Colony near Ganesh Temple side of Habibganj Naka and the other will connect RRL trisection and Bhopal Fracture Hospital. Extension wing of ROB would facilitate traffic towards All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal. The six-lane flyover, stretching 1.8-km, is seeks to reduce traffic load at Chetak Bridge and Railway crossing.

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