Aggar Nagar road project to be re-inaugurated

Hanging fire since 2002, the underpass will cost Rs 4 crore and take a year to complete

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal might inaugurate the Aggar Nagar Passenger Underpath Project, again.

The project, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal eight years ago, will be re-inaugurated in the first week of August. Amrit Lal Aggarwal, member of the Ludhiana Aggarwal Co-operative House Building Society that owns and manages Aggar Nagar, said: "The project of building a subway between Block A and B of Aggar Nagar was inaugurated by Parkash Singh Badal, when the society had laid the proposal in front of the Municipal Corporation. But then their government went out of power and the project was stalled. Now, it has been taken up again. I am very happy about this."

"In 2009, the society again requested Gabaria to start the project, but apparently, the soil profile of Aggar Nagar was too soft, which could not have borne heavy drilling," said a source, on condition of anonymity.

"Rs 21 lakh was given by the CM to the society to initiate the project, but nothing happened," he added.

Blocks A and B are on the opposite sides of the Ferozepur highway in Aggar nagar.

Telling how the construction of this underpass between the two blocks will be extremely helpful for pedestrians, a resident said: "The school, gurdwara, bank and Shiva temple are in A Block whereas the hospital, other two temples and community centre are in B Block. Since the highway is always jam-packed with vehicles, it becomes extremely unsafe for pedestrians to commute between the two Blocks."

The other issue going on between the society and the MC regarding the project is the enormity and timeline.

Senior executive engineer Brij Pal, who is handling the project, said, "Around Rs 4 crore more will be invested in the project and it will take a year to complete, as some shops will also be constructed on the subway."

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