Politics delayed Bilaspur’s Baagchal bridge construction, will be completed by 2019: CM
In 2016, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh had slammed the state and centre government over such a long delay and wastage of public tax money. The court had asked why government wasted the money on the pillars without proper assessment of the strata.
Bilaspur -While addressing a gathering at Ghandir in Jhanduta Assembly segment in Bilaspur district, once again the Chief Minister Virbahdra Singh gave another assurance to the locals over the revival of abandoned construction work of the Baagchal Bridge over Sutlej in Bilaspur.
The Chief Minister had laid the foundation stone of the bridge in 2005 and the tender was allotted to the Gammon Indian Private Ltd. More than 18 crores were already spent by the year 2008. In 2017, the bridge is still far away from completion.
After allotment of tenders in 2005, the company worked for three years. The work was to be completed by 2008. But in 2008-9, the work was abandoned. As a matter of fact, the bridge was very crucial for the socio-economic development of the region. But both BJP and Congress government ruled the state during this period but none of them could complete it.
The villagers had no choice but to take the grievance to the court over the delayed construction of the bridge. In 2016, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh had slammed the state and centre government over such a long delay and wastage of public tax money. The court had asked why government wasted the money on the pillars without proper assessment of the strata.
The bridge was expected to connect Naina Devi and Jhandhuta. A population of over 20,000 of 17 panchayats located on left bank of Govind Sagar and 25,000 of 19 Panchayats on the right bank of the river were desperately waiting for the early completion of the project.
The bridge would have cut down about 70 kilometers from the distance between two destinations.Currently, people travel 100 kilometers to reach Bilaspur and Swarghat from Jhanduta. This distance would have shortened to only 13 kilometers – a huge relief to the population of over 45,000 people.
Currently, people travel 100 kilometers to reach Bilaspur and Swarghat from Jhanduta. This distance would have shortened to only 13 kilometers – a huge relief to the population of over 45,000 people.
The bridge was also meant to shorten the distance between Chandigarh and Shah Talai. He said that the delay in construction increased expenditure to Rs. 15 to 20 crore.
On Friday, in view of assembly elections, the CM again revived the hope of the people. He informed than an additional amount of rupees 16 crore was sanctioned for completion of Bagchaal bridge.
He said that Gammon India stopped decking work on the ground as strata around the pier was not the same as envisaged during designing the foundation. However, revised proposal for the foundation of bridge pier was submitted and now again the Gammon India Limited has taken up the job for completion of the bridge.
The Gammon India Private Ltd is given two years to complete the construction of the bridge, said the Chief Minister
The Chief Minister blamed politics played over the construction of Baagchaal Bridge for the delay in its completion.