Guwahati Likely to get 5 New Flyovers
> Flyovers are likely to be constructed in these locations – Ganeshguri, Supermarket, Sarabbhati, Maligaon and Gauhati Club
> Ganeshguri flyover would be 476 metres long and 7.50 metres wide
> Supermarket flyover would be 1.7 kilometres long and 7.50 metres wide
> The approximate cost of the Supermarket flyover is Rs 126 crores
> Maligaon and Sarabbhati flyovers are currently in survey stage
Guwahati is undergoing an urban makeover of sorts with a number of flyovers coming up in different parts of the city.
Work is currently on-going for the extension of the Ganeshguri flyover towards Hatigaon and construction of a new flyover on Guwahati-Shillong Road connecting Secretariat to Down Town police point. Additionally, survey process is on-going for construction of two more flyovers – one at Sarabbhati and the other at Maligaon. And if talks are to be believed, an elevated 4-lane flyover will be constructed from Chandmari to Guwahati Club.
The Ganeshguri flyover project, taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 35 crores by Gautam Construction Private Limited, will be 476 metres long and 7.50 metres wide. However, the combined length of the new and existing flyover would be 1.6 kms.
The flyover connecting Ganeshguri to Hatigaon will be two-lane and once construction ends, it will look similar to Six Mile flyover.
While the official time of construction as per tender is September 2021, it's the vision of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to complete the work by Durga Puja 2020, that is, one year in advance.
"So far, work has been going on at great pace. If it continues the same way, we will be able to complete the flyover by September 2020," a worker at the site told G Plus.
In the same vein, executive engineer of Public Works Department (PWD), Pallav Rabha said, "The foremost and most time consuming work of constructing a flyover is the piling process.
We have already completed piling work for the Ganeshguri flyover using sophisticated machinery instead of doing it manually which would have been time consuming."
It should be mentioned here that there has been no displacement caused due to the construction of the flyover. While some electricity lines had to be shifted, some water supply lines shall also be shifted very soon.
The state PWD has also prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the Supermaket flyover that will start in front of the Janata Bhawan at Dispur and end at the Down Town police point. On the other hand, the right-side bifurcation will start from the Dispur Supermarket junction to terminate before the traffic roundabout (Golchakkar) at Last Gate.
The tendering process for the flyover is currently in process after which the date of commencement and completion of work shall be finalized.
Once completed, this flyover, worth over Rs 100 crores, will look similar to Bhangagarh flyover. The proposed length of the flyover is 1.7 kms and width 7.5 metres.
While this flyover would have 2-way lanes on all sides, the public would only be allowed to take the flyover while traveling from Secretariat to Down Town, and the main road (existing road) shall be used while traveling the other way round.
Similarly, the flyover shall be used while traveling from Secretariat to Last Gate, but the existing route shall be used while traveling from Last Gate to Down Town.
As per the DPR, a part of the government land near Supermarket might be taken for the construction of the flyover. Other than that, there will be no displacement.
Apart from the Ganeshguri and Supermarket flyovers, there are talks of two more flyovers - one at Sarabbhati and one at Maligaon. Both these flyovers are currently in survey stage. According to sources, the Maligaon flyover will start from Kamakhya Gate and extending 2 kms will stretch over the Maligaon junction.
Additionally, a few years ago, the government had proposed for a four-lane elevated flyover to be constructed on GNB Road. But the plan has been facing a lot of hurdles and seems to have reached a stumbling block.
City’s traffic woes to be eased by the upcoming flyovers: PWD officials
Guwahati has been witnessing massive traffic congestion in recent times. With the number of vehicles in the city on the rise, the lanes appear to be getting busier and more cramped for room than ever before.
Officials at the Public Works Department (PWD) suggest that the upcoming flyovers would bring some respite to the commuters traveling on roads.
The Ganeshguri junction is one of the prime locations in Guwahati and faces traffic related issues throughout the day.
“While the ongoing work at Ganeshguri is adding to the traffic woes, congestion would go down soon after the flyovers start to function. We request all commuters to cooperate with the administration until then,” urged Pallav Rabha, executive engineer of PWD.
To ensure uninterrupted traffic communication during the flyover-construction phase, the PWD has already carried out a survey and prepared a report, which it will share with the Guwahati traffic police department, he added.
He added that a plan is also being prepared to carry out the smooth construction of the flyover at Supermarket. This plan would include ways to manage traffic and marking the alternate routes for commuters.