Srinagar: After missing several deadlines over the past few years, the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) has set May 15, 2019 as the new deadline for completion of Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh Flyover.
Chief Executive Officer, ERA Dr. Raghav Langer told Kashmir Reader that the construction agency has been directed to ensure the 2nd phase of the flyover from Rambagh to Aloochi Bagh is completed by 31st December 2018 and the 3rd phase, from Allochi Bagh to Jehangir Chowk, be completed structurally by 15th March 2019 with black topping to be completed before 15th May 2019.
“A penalty of Rs. 1.25 crore has been imposed on the contracting agency already,” he said.
He said ERA has stressed that any further delay on part of the contracting agency will not be tolerated and shall be dealt with severely.
“We have strictly directed the construction agency to stick to the revised timelines given for the completion of the project,” Langer said.
The total length of the flyover is 3.926 kilometers. The Phase-I, encompassing, 1.64 km, has already been thrown open for traffic.
Under construction for several years, the project has badly hit traffic as well as pedestrian moment in uptown Srinagar.
The flyover project has six access ramps viz Jehangir Chowk, Indoor Sports Stadium, Aloochi Bagh, Rambagh, Zum Zum complex Natipora and MET station Barzulla.
The work on the flyover had started in 2013 with an estimated cost of Rs 369 crore. The project is being executed by the Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (JKERA), with Simplex Limited as the project contractor.
The project was to be completed within three years with September 2016 as the initial deadline, which was subsequently extended to March 2017 because of September-2014 floods.
The work was again suspended in 2016, after the non local labourers fled the valley due to the unrest, which began with the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
According to reports, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which was also monitoring the rehabilitation of shopkeepers, had asked the state government not to start construction work on flyover until all the displaced shopkeepers are rehabilitated.