It has been almost six years since GMDA took up the project of constructing three footbridges in Guwahati. None of the footbridges have been completed as yet. In fact, work on one of the footbridge has not even started!
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 29: Way back in 2006, the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) had taken up the project of construction three footbridges in Guwahati. This immediately created ripples of excitement among the people, especially senior citizens and young children, for whom crossing the busy roads in the city are almost a nerve-racking experience. However, they were soon disappointed. It is almost six years now and while two of the footbridges remain incomplete, work on one of the footbridges has not even started.
The GMDA had taken up the project of constructing three footbridges at strategic points in the city – Maligaon Chariali, Lachitnagar and Khanapara. “The State Government had allotted Rs 1.54 crore for construction of the three footbridges. In order to estimate the total cost of the project we had to spend Rs 4 lakh in survey. We also had to pay Rs 50 lakh to the Assam State Electricity Board for shifting electricity lines situated close to the construction sites. We had to keep the construction work on hold for two years. With Rs 1 crore in hand we started work on two footbridges. About 70 per cent work on the footbridge at Maligaon Chariali has been completed while 50 per cent work on the Lachitnagar footbridge has been completed,” said GMDA assistant executive engineer Montu Kumar Bora.
“We approached the government for more fund but the government has not taken any step in this regard. Nevertheless, we plan to complete both the footbridges before Durga Puja this year with the GMDA’s own funds. We also plan to start work on the Khanapara footbridge soon with our own funds,” said Bora.
For the people of Guwahati, it has been a long wait for the completion of the footbridges. With the mushrooming of shopping malls and restaurants in GS Road, the heavy traffic makes it difficult for people to cross the road. Frequent accidents have also been reported. Once the footbridge at Lachitnagar is completed, it will be easy for people to cross the road. Senior citizens will especially heave a sigh of relief. If completed on time, the footbridges at Maligaon Chariali and Lachitnagar will be GMDA’s best Puja gift to the people of Guwahati.