Centre asks state govt to complete 9 ROB projects soon

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Bhubaneswar,Oct 23 : Expressing concern over the delay in completion of road-over-bridge (ROB) projects in the state, Union railway ministry has asked the state government to complete the projects on priority basis.

This directive of the Union government came in the backdrop of the collapse of a portion of the ROB near Bomikhal, where one person was killed and 12 others were injured. The ROB was supposed to be completed by December 2012, but it is yet to see the light of the day. The mishap again put breaks in the progress of the work. 

Principal executive director (bridge) of Railway Board Piyush Agarwal has recently written a letter to Orissa chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi asking him to issue directions to the officials concerned to complete the nine ROB and RUB projects on priority basis. Agarwal also requested the chief secretary to close down level-crossings opened at the nine locations.

The ROBs that are yet to be completed are located on the roads- Berhampur-Gopalpur, Man Gobindpuri, Dhenkanal-Sadasibpur, Bhudapank-Talcher, Bhubaneswar-Retang, Gangadharpur-Balugaon, Saheednagar-Bomikhal, Jagannathpur-Berhampur and Berhampur-Golanthra.

Stating that nine such projects are there in Odisha where railway portion has been completed by the railways, but work on approaches is still in progress, Agarwal said, 'To ensure early commissioning of the ROB, officials concerned may be directed to complete the work on approaches on priority. Along with this, the level-crossings at these locations need to be closed on completion of the ROB.'

Busy level-crossings are potential safety hazard for both road as well as rail users, more so for road users. Apart from this, interruption to smooth road traffic flow also results in environment and noise pollution, he said, adding, 'Hence, it is our prime motto to provide grade-separators (ROBs/RUBs) expeditiously.'

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