Minister inspects damaged bridge, calls for bypass in Manmad

  • | Sunday | 3rd December, 2023

Nashik: Minister of state Bharati Pawar said she would be meeting road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, seeking the construction of a bypass at Manmad for the movement of heavy vehicles.On Friday, the minister inspected the damaged road overbridge that is a part of the busy Manmad-Shirdi road. At present, pedestrians and motorists of the town are greatly inconvenienced as the overbridge was a critical connector between the two important areas with large civilian populations. After a meeting with railway and state PWD authorities, Pawar said the road passing through the town sees movement of heavy vehicles. Since a section of the road caved on Wednesday, this traffic has been diverted to other roads, which has led to traffic congestions.The Indore-Pune highway passes through Manmad-Shirdi and has high traffic movement. I will meet Gadkari, seeking his help in the construction of a bypass by the NHAI, said Pawar.The bypass would ease pressure on the road as heavy vehicles would then start taking the new route. Motorists in the city too will benefit.The minister also instructed the authorities to immediately repair the road and carry out the structural audit of the remaining bridges.We also published the following articles recentlyTruck hits four vehicles, dumper two on Katraj-Dehu Road bypassA truck and a dumper collided with several vehicles on the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass, causing injuries to four people. The truck hit an MSRTC bus, a car, a pick-up truck, and a dumper. The dumper then hit two other cars, resulting in the dumper falling on the side of the bypass. The accident caused a two-hour standstill in Mumbai-bound traffic. The damaged vehicles were removed using heavy duty cranes provided by the National Highway Authority of India.Repair Roads Immediately, Pollution Board Tells BMC & PWDBhopal is implementing measures to control air pollution after the air quality index (AQI) rose beyond 300. The city is part of the National Clean Air Programme, with a committee led by the divisional commissioner for micro-planning. Dust, vehicular emissions, and burning of garbage are the main causes of air pollution according to a study by ARAI Pune. The BMC has deployed more sweeping machines and foggers, and the PWD is working to improve roads. Strict actions are being taken against vehicles without PUC certificates.Rs 200cr rail overbridge at Comba & missing link to ring road proposedThe Setu Bandhan scheme has proposed the construction of a new rail overbridge in Margao, costing Rs 104.6 crore. Additionally, a missing link of the Margao ring road connecting the power house junction to the Colva circle will be built at a cost of Rs 95.8 crore. These projects aim to alleviate vehicular congestion in Margao, with the rail overbridge replacing the dangerous level crossing at Comba. The completion of the road and overbridge is crucial due to the expected increase in train frequency and the planned closure of the Comba level crossing.

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