COIMBATORE: The Gandhipuram flyover which was progressing at a fast pace has been stuck for the past several months due to delay in getting transformers shifted. Likewise, work on the 22 crore SIHS Colony flyover, which began in 2012, has also been stalled. Even on Sunday, residents and some political parties staged a rail roko condemning the delay in the project at SIHS Colony.
“We met the land owners in SIHS Colony area and have negotiated the prices with them. The district collector, revenue department and other officials met them to finalise the price. We hope that the issue would get resolved soon,” said a highways official.
The Gandhipuram flyover project that was supposed to open to the public this year has been stalled. “The civil work has been stalled due to various issues that have not been resolved. The shifting of three temples was a priority but this work has not even started. Unless this is done, the sub-ways cannot be constructed,” said an engineer.
Another obstacle was the laying of high-tension cables which is still incomplete. “There were some objections from private owners regarding laying of the high tension lines near their property. We had to talk to them to resolve it. We are also laying optic fibre cables. This work would be completed in a month’s time,” said an official attached to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco).
The highways officials said only after the cable work is complete the first phase of the flyover near 100-Feet Road would be completed and the second phase would be speeded up.
DMK MLA, N Karthik, said that he had raised these issues in the assembly as well. “According to the highways minister, the SIHS Colony flyover was stuck in litigations as the land owners are demanding a price that is higher than what was fixed by the revenue department,” he said. The delay in all these big-budget projects has been an issue.
“We have protested several times and so have the public. This shows that the district administration is not equipped to handle and complete projects on time. Only in Coimbatore, all the flyover projects are delayed,” Karthik said.
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