Udiapol to Court Chauraha Flyover project is still at the mercy of courts. A petition filed by Om Prakash Khatri and others earlier this year, seeking justification and feasibility of the proposed flyover has resulted in the High Court at Jodhpur asking for expert advice.
Jodhpur High Court has directed the National Highway Authority to have the approved designs studied by experts and submit their recommendations to the High Court. As per the directives, till the time this process is not completed, work on the project will be on hold.
Om Khatri and other residents of Udaipur had earlier submitted a petition to the Hight Court. The court has asked NHAI to submit the designs to Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi and get it studied in detail. The experts need to advice whether the design submitted towards the project is as per the norms of the Indian Road Congress or otherwise. The court has given four weeks to the NHAI to get this report for the court to present its decision on the petition.
Earlier, when the flyover project was approved and designs were finalised, the tender process took place, which also is finalised. The petition filed by Om Khatri and others from Udaipur says that the design is not according to the guidelines of the Indian Road Congress and constructing this flyover will have no substantial added benefits. The High Court had then given notices to the Central Government, State Government and the NHAI. The petitioners also say that the constructin of the flyover will adversly affect the beauty of the town as well as will have major irreversibly implications on the businesses on this route, which include major showrooms, offices, movie theaters, petrol pumps, clinics, service providers and residences.
It is important to note that in 2014, a consultant hired by the UIT has also suggested that the project is not feasible in terms of any value addition. Circe 2036, the use of the elevated road is not expected to be more thant 50% of its optimal capacity. Technical feasibility of 90 degree sharp turns on 4 locations through the proposed flyover had also been questioned from the safety point of view.
Further on, the reports submitted by the UIT consultant also said that the land required for this project to be completed succesfully will be 61,892 sqft or 0.5752 hectare, of which 21,994 sqft will be obtained from residents private holdings and the remaining 39,898 sqft will be taken from Maharana Bhupal Government Hospital.