Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the railway over bridge, named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapayee, at Mokhampur in Dehradun on Friday. The bridge is likely to solve the traffic congestion problem on Dehradun-Haridwar-Rishikesh highway. The construction work of the 1,050 Mts long and 18.80 Mts wide bridge began during the earlier Congress government.
Tourists visiting Dehradun used to constantly complain about getting stuck at traffic jams at Mokhampur. As the railway gate was closed several times a day, the wait used to cause inconvenience to the public.
Trivendra Rawat said, “The actual budget of the bridge was Rs 60 Crore but it got completed in Rs 43 Crore. The bridge is named ‘Atal Setu’ after the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.”
The chief minister informed that the construction work of all the temples which were removed for the construction of the over bridge will start soon. He also said there is a plan about constructing a 300 bed hospital at Harawala.
Prem Chand Aggarwal, Speaker of Uttarakhand Assembly, said the general public will get relief with the construction of the bridge. He thanked the chief minister for getting the bridge constructed before the stipulated period and said that his strong will power and sentiments to get the work done has given big relief to the common people.
Harbans Kapoor, Umesh Sharma ‘Kau’, Khazan Dass, Bharat Chaudhary, all legislators, Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash, Departmental Head of PWD Department RC Purohit, Chief Engineer of National Highways Hari Om Sharma and public representatives were present on the occasion.