After missing several deadlines, the Jahangir Chowk Rambagh flyover phase-II has been completed and dedicated to the people by Governor Satya pal Malik. The flyover, which is being constructed from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh, had missed several deadlines, affecting the traffic badly in the summer capital. The work on the flyover had started in 2013 at a cost of Rs 369 crore.
The first phase of the flyover from Barzulla to Gogji Bagh was thrown open to traffic last year. The flyover project has six access ramps — Jehangir Chowk, Indoor Sports Stadium, Aloochi Bagh, Rambagh, Zum Zum complex, Natipora, and MET station, Barzulla. Funded by Asian Development Bank, the flyover is expected to decongest the traffic on the road towards Barzulla and the Srinagar airport. The flyover is expected to reduce the travel time from Jahangir Chowk to Rambagh from 28 minutes to 2.5 minutes.People living in the adjoining areas of access ramps will feel a sigh of relief. The frequent traffic snarls on these junctions particularly on the airport road has been giving a tough time to the commuters. People have been also craving for construction of grade separators at Sanat Nagar, Bemina and Nowgam crossings. These junctions have become a source of permanent suffering for the people who are supposed to cross them. Waiting for long durations in scorching temperatures coupled with frequent mishaps have been a cause of concern for the people. Despite repeated reflections of the aspiration of people for establishment of grade separators at these places, the government seems least bothered about the same. Need of the hour is that the Governor Malik should take a review of these projects as soon as possible.