The construction of a railway overbridge (ROB) on the busy Gulbarga-Afzalpur State highway will be delayed owing to non-clearance of the project by the Railway Board.

Officials from Central Railway, who participated in a Road Transport Authority (RTA) meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar on Thursday, said that the State government’s proposal to construct the ROB on a cost-sharing basis had been received by the Railway Board. However, this project was not included in the Railway Budget.

Officials told the meeting that Central Railway had re-submitted the proposal to the board, seeking special permission for this project. Mr. Kumar said the State had cleared all proposed work. Moreover, the project was to be included in the list of cost-sharing railway projects in Karnataka, which would be taken up on priority.

However, the Railway Board has approved the widening of the existing ROB on Jewargi Road. Once the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. authorities begin shifting their utilities in the area, the widening of the ROB will begin. The cost of the project has been fixed at Rs. 18 lakh and is being executed on a cost-sharing basis.

Mr. Kumar accepted the suggestion of zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer Pallavi Akurathi to run special buses for students in rural areas.

He directed the North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation officials to run buses in the mornings and evenings to schools having more than 500 students.

He told Transport Department officials to “ruthlessly put down the problem of the overloaded vehicles”, particularly school buses and other vehicles transporting children to schools. All such vehicles should be checked regularly, he added.