The Indian Railways has completed the construction of India’s 2nd largest railway over bridge(RoB), the giant four-lane cable-stayed railway over bridge at Burdwan Junction in West Bengal. The projecte will be thrown open to public and inaugurated on September 30th by Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
The work on the 188.43 metre cable-stayed RoB began in 2012. Besides having 1.5-metre-wide footpaths on each of the sides parallel to the lanes, India’s 2nd largest railway over bridge has 27.7 metres of width to accommodate vehicles on four lanes.
New 4 lane cable stayed Road Overbridge at Barddhaman W.B, (under final stage of completion) will be inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of Railways on 30 September, 2019. This project will set the standards for future fast track construction over busy Railway yard pic.twitter.com/FmHarW95uV
— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) September 23, 2019
Built at a cost of Rs. 300 crore, the project has been completed with 50:50 sharing between the Ministry of Railways and the West Bengal government. The implementation of the RoB progressed over eight years in Burdwan Junction of the Eastern Railway — one of the country’s future fast track models passing over the busy railway yards accommodating 10 tracks.
It encountered many issues in the process like restriction of maximum height of the road surface clearances and also busy movement of rolling stocks over the yard. The RoB connects Burdwan town with the two sub-divisions of Kalna and Katwa, and is on the Howrah–Bardhaman main line.