AGARTALA, Oct 5 - Visually-impaired children in Tripura have inaugurated the first flyover in the State, officials said. No ministers or legislators were present during the inauguration on Friday, they said.
The Rs 300-crore project was completed after four years since its commencement. The 2.3-km-long two-lane flyover in Agartala connects the Fire Brigade at Chowmuhani with the Arundhatinagar Drop Gate via the Battala area.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb tweeted, �...on the occasion of Maha Sasthi, the Agartala Flyover has been inaugurated by Specially Abled Blind Students of our State...�
PWD Executive Engineer Ratan Chowdhury said the structure can take a load of over 70 tonnes. �There is no controversy over the quality of the construction. This structure is feasible for all kinds of vehicles. Due to some minor construction works, it took some time for the inauguration of the flyover,� he said.
The project had recently run into rough weather after the BJP-IPFT Government, which came to power in March last year, levelled charges of irregularities in the construction works that had begun during the Left Front regime.
The State police had submitted a chargesheet in a special court against five engineers, including former Engineer-in-Chief (PWD) Sunil Bhowmik and former Chief Engineer (Roads and Buildings) Somesh Chandra Das.
However, former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury had earlier said the construction was done according to guidelines and was certified as �ready to be opened� by expert agencies including the Central Road Research Institute, Jadavpur University and IIT-Delhi. � PTI