Vijayapura: Finally, the Railway Over Bridge (ROB) at Ibrahimpur Railway crossing is ready to be opened for the public as MP Ramesh Jigajinagi has announced that the bridge will be opened for the public on Tuesday December 27.
“The bridge work has now been completed and it will be opened for the public on December 27. The project has been completed at the cost of Rs. 23 Crore,” he said and also sought an apology from the people for the delay that caused severe inconvenience to people.
It may be noted that it took nearly four years for the bridge to be completed. For various reasons including technical glitches, and the Covid pandemic the work continued to get delayed when it was supposed to be completed within two years.
Even after resuming the work after the lifting of the lockdown imposed due to the Covid pandemic, the Contractor took two more years to complete it.
On several occasions, MP Ramesh Jigajinagi and Deputy Commissioner, Vijaymahantesh Danammanavar visited the spot and directed the contractor to complete the works. But every time, the contractor sought an extension.
Because of the inordinate delay, the people were suffering heavily as they were forced to take longer deviations from Vajrahanuman Nagar to either reach Jumanal road or Managuli road.
Since it is the only way left and that too has to wait till railway crossings on multiple occasions in a day, the road witnesses longer traffic jams causing severe inconvenience to the commuters.
Meanwhile, Danammanavar who was regularly monitoring the progress of the project as he too had pressure from the people to ensure the early completion of the project, hoped that this time, the project would be ready by the year end.
In the first week of December, he had announced that since the works were nearing completion, the project will complete by year end.
Now, as the MP himself has officially declared that the bridge will be opened from Tuesday, it will certainly give much relief to the residents who are eagerly waiting for the project to be over as it will ease the traffic to a significant extent.
“Because of the absence of the ROB, we have been facing enormous difficulty as we had to wait several times in the day to cross the road. The ROB will help not only the normal commuters but mainly ambulances also as they will no longer have to wait to take the patient to the hospital. But now as the bridge is going to be opened, it will address major traffic issues”, said Ilyas Inamdar, a resident of Kanakadasa Extension.