The second phase of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover was inaugurated and thrown open for vehicular traffic on May 22.
The second phase of the flyover stretching from Rambagh to Alochi Bagh has been constructed at a cost of Rs 37.5 crore while the total estimated cost of the flyover is Rs 369 crore. The stretch will provide substantial relief to commuters traveling towards Lal Chowk.
For the past four years, residents were waiting for the flyover to get complete. With the second phase opened yesterday, people were overjoyed, as Eid is also near, which may provide them some relief from traffic congestion. Traffic congestion has been a big problem for everyone. With flyover’s second phase being inaugurated yesterday, it will come as a big relief,” said a resident Srinagar. The second phase of the flyover stretch covering 1.04 km from Rambagh to Alochi Bagh.
The officials from the Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) said: “It is expected to result in substantial traffic relief to commuters travelling from areas across this stretch towards Lal Chowk. It will reduce travel time between the said areas from 15 minutes to 1 minute.” In the first phase, one way traffic was allowed towards Rambagh. The flyover will come as a big relief for students, employees and common people, as it will save time.
The project is seen as a significant remedy to traffic congestion. District administration Srinagar has been at the forefront of efforts to speed up the construction of the flyover project having been regularly monitoring construction work and redressing related concerns
They are waiting for it to be thrown open, as it will save a lot of time. Earlier, it used to take hours together to reach our destination and we used to get stuck in traffic jams. Roads, too, are in a pathetic condition. The second phase of the flyover, officials say, would prove a major traffic decongestant on grade roads underneath it, including Rambagh, Solina and Alochi Bagh. It is also expected to significantly reduce stagnation on the important Rambagh Bridge.
And now only small portion of work is pending and the flyover would be fully thrown open to public soon. After the start of its construction in 2013, the flyover has missed several deadlines, thus hitting traffic badly in the summer capital.