National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has repealed the tender that was floated for the elevtated road in Udaipur – from Court Chauraha to Udaipol.
However, a public interest litigation , followed by appointment of consultants by the NHAI to look into the project feasibility even after the State Government had given approval, subsequent intervention by the court recently and finally questioning on the feasibility reports by the CRRI to NHAI, resulted in the NHAI cancelling the tender and the project. There will no longer be an elevated road in the congested areas of the city.
Hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Rajasthan High Court had put an interim stop on proposed elevated road in Udaipur. The High Court has issued a notice to National Highway Authority of India, Collector of Udaipur and others in this regard.
Two member bench of Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court, Pradeep Nandrjog along with Justice Vineet Mathur head the PIL and issued a notice to NHAI, PWD, Udaipur Collector and others seeking a response till 30-July 2018.
The High Court had directed the CRRI to review the project and CRRI had asked NHAI to submit the report, following which NHAI cancelled the entire project and the tender that was issued.
This was the proposed project and the problems accompanying it:
- Elevated road planned to be constructed from Udiapol to Court Chauraha (Elevated Road length: 1.65 km; Cost: Rs 126-130 Crore)
- Project to have been executed in time and completed by 2021
- On completion, the traffic situation in the heart of Udaipur would have eased considerably. Vehicles needing to move from near Hiran Magri/Udiapol would go use the elevated road. Only vehicles needing to come into the Delhi gate Surajpol, and such internal areas will need to use the existing roads. This would ease traffic considerably.
- DPR of the consulting agencies for the elevated road raised plenty of technical faults with the plan and said that the project was unfeasible.
- A report submitted by the NHAI also confirmed that the project was unfeasible.
- Project feasibility mentioned that road was not as per Road Congress standards…viz.
- Buses, trucks and HTVs will not be allowed to use the elevated road.
- Udiapole road is around 90 feet now; out of this 50 feet will be taken in for constructing the fly-over. A service road will be made underneath which will be used by buses and HTVs. The service road will be of 41 feet in this case. Because of this only 20 feet road on each side will be free which is very likely to create traffic jams.
- Speed limit for vehicles has been determined at 40 km/hr whereas as per IRC it should be at least 60 km/hr. Hence speed limit is not as per standard rules.
- There is no provision of footpath on the elevated road. Any pedestrian on this road is sure to face risk while on the road.
The Public Interest Litigation was filed by Om Prakash Khatri, JS Dave and Udaipur Citizen Society and others. Representing the applicants, Senior advocate M S Singhvi, Sanjay Mathur and Akhilesh Rajpurohit said that regulations and provisions related to road crossing have been overlooked in the proposed flyover at Udiapole and the elevated road. They also alleged that the design of the proposed flyover has technical faults and raises severe issues related to public security.
Finally, the High Court has also, in its order said that the elevated road project, if it ever comes up in future, will take into cognizance the current decision by High Court and NHAI and will seek approval from the High Court before proceeding.