GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - Work on a flyover at Super Market, Dispur may start soon. Official sources said tenders were called and after technical evaluation, the two lowest bidders were shortlisted. Those have been now sent to Dispur for approval.
�Once we get the approval the work order will be given after which work would commence. It should take just a few days,� the sources told The Assam Tribune.
The flyover at Super Market will be 1.5 km long and will run from near Dispur Police Station to the police point near Downtown Hospital.
�It will be a two-lane one-way bridge. Only those going towards Khanapara can use it. However, there will be another arm for those commuters going from Dispur to Last Gate. This arm will be around 400 metres in length. We will also have to do a bit of widening at the Super Market junction to create more space for commuters at the turning point,� the sources said. The flyover will cost Rs 127.20 crore. The money will come from the SOPD fund.
Proceedings for land acquisition have begun and as most of the area is on government land, the PWD feels there should not be hassles.
�But we will have to cut a few trees. It will be done according to forest laws. We have communicated with the forest department for the purpose,� the official sources said.
Consultant RITES had also prepared a project for multiple flyovers at Sarabhatti point, but as there would be a lot of land acquisition involved, the PWD is having a second thought over it.
�No doubt, if we build two flyovers � one towards Athgaon and another connecting the Nepali Mandir Road to Arya College � it would help ease the congestion, but there will be a lot of land acquisition hassles. So we are contemplating an alternative plan now. A single flyover option at the point is being mulled now,� the sources said. The under-construction flyover connecting RG Baruah Road with the Ganeshguri flyover is being built at a cost of Rs 58.74 crore.
�Though the completion period is 30 months, we hope to complete the basic structure before next Durga Puja. However, some auxiliary works, including beautification may not be complete by then, but we hope to open it for traffic by then,� the sources said.
It is a 476-metre flyover arm which will be two-lane two-way. Commuters from RG Baruah Road will use it while going towards Dispur. Vehicles coming from Walford towards RG Baruah Road will have to take the flyover.