From ET Realty
BAREILLY: The ongoing work on the four-lane Bareilly-Badaun highway will be completed by February 10, officials said. The highway, connected with Pilibhit, passes through Badaun and will provide better connectivity with tourist spots like Mathura and Bharatpur in Rajasthan, where it ends.
The four-lane road would be 44.80 kilometres long. Already 20 kilometres in Bareilly and 19 kilometres in Badaun has been constructed till now. “The remaining work of constructing 5.80 kilometres will be finished by February 10. Though the budget of the project was Rs 244.346 crs, there has been nearly 15% increment in the expenses and we have send the revised estimate to the state government, which will be sanctioned soon,” said Sanjeev Bhardwaj, executive engineer, provincial division of Public Works Department (PWD).
After the highway is functional, commuters will be able to travel from Bareilly to Badaun in only 45 minutes. The distance from Bareilly to Mathura will be reduced by nearly two hours. “Due to congestion at two-lane road, massive traffic jam takes place near Devchara and Binavar. However, with the widening of roads, there will be smooth flow of traffic,” said Alim Ahmad, a resident of Aman Enclave and regular commuter on this stretch.
“As the project has been entirely funded by state government, the commuters travelling on this route will not be required to pay any toll tax. Besides, for facilitating commuters, the state government may propose widening of road from Badaun to Mathura,” said Bhardwaj. He added that the route from Pilibhit to Bareilly has been converted into national highway and National Highways Authority of India is in the process of widening the road from two-lane to three-lane.
However, 60 metre-long Ramganga bridge and 115-metre Sardarnagar drain, which comes on the way of Bareilly-Badaun highway, for time-being will be two-lane road. “For converting these two bridges to four-lane, UP State Bridge Corporation has sent a proposal to state government. However, it is currently two-lane road and we are improving the bridges,” said Bhardwaj. He added that as there are two railway crossings on the way, the central government had rejected the proposal of setting railway overbridge. They will remain as level crossings.
The state government had approved the project of widening Bareilly-Badaun highway from two to four-lane in February 2014. However, as the huge tracts of land along the highway was in the possession of forest department, the PWD got clearance for cutting 40,037 trees in August 2014. The road widening work of the project finally began on November 19, 2014. Though PWD had set December 31, 2015 as the deadline for completing the project, the work was delayed.
“The project got delayed while shifting poles situated on the stretch. Besides, nearly two decades back, Jal Nigam had set up pipeline in the area without obtaining no-objection certificate from PWD and due to this, the work was stopped for time-being,” said Bhardwaj.