The visiting South Central railway General Manager M.S. Jayant on Thursday He promised to open the RoB by March-end by completing the pending works. He was accompanied by officials to the site to see the pace of ‘progress'
The State government and the railways jointly took up the RoB construction linking the city with a cluster of villages en route Kovvuru and Jangareddygudem by replacing the present level crossing at the old bus stand in March, 2008 as part of fulfilling the election promise of local MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao of the Congress.
The particular point has become a major source of traffic bottleneck and a traumatic experience for the people commuting on the route with a long fleet of vehicles stranded on either side for most part of the day whenever the level crossing remains closed to facilitate the movement of trains with an increasing frequency on the Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam route. The problem built up a lot of public anger, leading the issue to be an election plank during the 2004 general elections.
After dilly-dallying for a long time, the railways recently initiated the RoB construction to link the approach roads on either side. Even as the State government has completed the approach roads for a stretch of 6 km some time ago, the railways' part of RoB remains pending, thanks to the official apathy. The project was estimated to be around Rs. 18 crore at the time of initiating it. The State government volunteered to bear 60 per cent of the cost while the railways offered to incur the remaining expenditure.
The delay in executing the project draws widespread protest from the public. As the road leading to Jangareddygudem and Kovvuru areas from the old bus stand was closed to facilitate the bridge construction more than three years ago, the APSRTC is operating its services via Ashok Nagar while putting the people wishing to reach I-Town to hardship. The business sections around the old bus stand area are raising a hue and cry over the delay as it hampered their business prospects.