The subway now under construction at the Lawrence Road level-crossing here is likely to be completed by July-end.
After taking unusually long time, a part of the structure has now surfaced at the level-crossing. Divisional Railway Manager (Tiruchi) Manjula Rangarajan, along with Senior Divisional Engineer K.Rajakuamr, inspected the progress of works on the subway recently.
The Southern Railway on its part would have to erect three “concrete boxes” that would form part of the subway directly under the railway track. Of these two boxes were already in place and the third one would soon be erected, she said.
“The construction wing of the Railways has been entrusted with the task of subway formation and by July- end the subway would be ready,” the DRM said. Then, it would be the joint responsibility of the State Highways Department, the Cuddalore Municipality and the district administration to construct the road and to make lighting arrangements.
The level-crossing situated on the arterial Lawrence Road was closed for road traffic in December 2011.
It served as the gateway to the historically renowned temples such as Padaleeswarar Temple at Thirupadiripuliyur and Sri Devanatha Swamy Temple at Thiruvahindrapuram.
Above all, it is the commercial hub with thriving gold jewellery market that attracts heavy influx of customers from far off places. There is a widespread notion that the traders’ lobby hampered the execution of the project by suggesting an “alternative route” which did not find any takers.
As things stand, it would take not less than a year for the subway to get ready, because only after the Southern Railway competes its task the State Highways Department could take up its works such as excavation of the soil for laying the road on either side of the subway,” Mr Maruthavanan of the Federation of Cuddalore Residents’ Welfare Association said.
Southern Railway clarifies
The Southern Railway sources said that Commissioner of Rail Safety T. Mittal did not travel in the special train that involved in an accident at the Irunthai unmanned level-crossing as reported in these columns on June 15.