Statesman News Service
Behrampore, 14 November
In view of the municipal election scheduled on 22 November, Congress and Trinamul Congress are raking up the issue of the proposed railway over-bridge at the level crossing of Behrampore Court railway station in Murshidabad district.
Many civic poll campaigns in the surroundings have hinged on the over-bridge, a multi-crore project declared recently by the local MP and minister of state for railways Adhir Chowdhury. The project is important, given that residents of Behrampore have to face traffic snarls on a daily basis due to the absence an over-bridge.
The minister recently expressed concern over the future of the project, saying the state PWD is yet to clear the plan and design. The delay in passing the plan was reportedly attributed to a defect that crept in the design submitted to PWD.
The flyover project has turned sensitive because the related eviction drive has left many erstwhile ‘encroachers’ jobless.
Mr Chowdhury, however, promised yesterday during campaigning that evicted shop-owners would be either reinstated or rehabilitated.
Months ago, when Mr Chowdhury had declared the project, he was greeted with applause by Behrampore residents.
Tenders for the project have already been floated and an initial allotment of Rs 33 crore has been made, Mr Chowdhury said, adding railway officials are now in hurry to get the project design cleared by the state government.
On the other hand sensing that the minister&’s pet project has run into rough weather, Trinamul MP Mukul Roy made no delay to cash in on the issue. At a Trinamul rally yesterday, he said, “The LS polls are|
 six just months away. We
are coming to power at the Centre after the LS polls. Then we shall complete
the over-bridge at
Behrampore.”