Shivraj clears all hurdles for Freeganj ROB

Ujjain: Despite lack of interest showed by the authorities of public works department ( PWD) with regard to construction of a parallel railway over- bridge ( ROB) near Freeganj ROB, the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has made it clear that the work should be launched soon. “ When flyovers can be made in short period in the foreign countries, then why not the ROB can be prepared before Simhastha Fair- 2016,” the CM asked Principal Secretary, PWD, Pramod Agrawal, who reportedly expressed reluctance to finish the work before the fair. “ Construction of the Freeganj ROB should be taken as a challenge… let me give all sanctions for the work right now,” Chauhan added.

The CM reviewed ongoing preparations for the ensuing mega international event during a high power meeting, headed by the Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa, at Vallabh Bhavan located Mantralaya in Bhopal on Friday. Chauhan remained in the meeting for about 90 minutes. The meeting lasted for about 140 minutes.

The local officials of about 24 departments had presented a report focusing on the progress of sanctioned works amounting to about Rs 773 crores. On the occasion, divisional commissioner Ravindra Pastor gave a presentation and sought a sanction of various new proposals amounting to Rs 1251 crores. It was directed that these proposals should be examined by the concerned principal secretaries and they will meet on October 27 for the further action on these proposals.

DGP Surendra Singh, senior officers of all concerning departments, collector Kavindra Kiyawat, municipal commissioner- cum- fair officer Avinash Lavaniya and officers related to Simhastha arrangements were present on the occasion.

It is reminded here that the PWD’s bridge construction department has been constructing about 9 bridges on railway lines and Kshipra river at the cost of hundreds of crores. A huge ROB is also being constructed between Zero Point on Maxi Road and Heera Mills Ki Chawl; but despite the continuous demand of peoples’ representatives and the society at large, the concerned authorities did not take interest to include a proposal to construct a parallel ROB in vicinity to the existing Freeganj ROB. Informed sources disclosed that during Friday’s meeting, too, the PWD PS pleaded that the construction is almost impossible before the fair, but the CM ruled out all such submissions and ordered to launch the construction process immediately.

An official of the department, requestinganonymity, told Free Press that the work is not as easy as being thought as it would be extremely difficult to acquire land for the construction.

“ The presenters during the meeting did not inform the CM about existing ROB,” the official said.

During the meeting, the CM directed to disseminate information and invite people to Simhastha from all over the world. People of Indian origin settled abroad should also be invited and people from at least 100 countries should throng the Mahakal City. He said that two to four major events should be organised to attract people for the religious congregation. Ultramodern technologies should be used in organising the event. Public representatives and people should participate in preparations for it. For Simhastha, ghats of Kshipra should be beautified on global level, the CM insisted. Insiders said that when the divisional commissioner apprehended that a river corridor can be prepared on the banks of Kshipra on the pattern of Gujarat’s Sabarmati river, but thereis paucity of funds, Chauhan asked him to ensure better preparations than the Sabarmati river. He directed to adopt transparent process for all arrangements and pay special attention to quality. He will undertake review of Simhastha preparations every month.

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