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Work on two bridges over Gaunchi drain begins

13 Jan 2014,Hindustan Times,HT Live

This also covers several municipal wards in the NIT assembly constituency. SHIV CHARAN LAL SHARMA area MLA The drain from Mujesar to Sohna Road is being fenced with an iron web as on Kalindi Kunj bridge. SANDEEP TA N EJ A irrigation department

To improve connectivity between the colonies separated by Gaunchi drain in New Industrial Township, irrigation department, Haryana has started construction work on two bridges over the drain.

The foundation stone for the bridges was laid recently.

The minister for labour and employment Shiv Charan Lal Sharma, who is also the MLA from the area, recently laid the foundation stone for the bridges.

In total, seven bridges are to be constructed on the Gaunchi drain for better link between the colonies situated on the two sides of the drain.

While one bridge is being built near Sector 52 and the other one is under construction near Gurdwara Road drain disposal at Jawahar Colony.

The total cost of construction of the two bridges is Rs 50 lakh. The bridges are scheduled to be completed in two months.

Sharma said the construction of seven bridges on Gaunchi drain will bring big relief to the thousands of families living in the colonies as their movement across the drain will become easier.

Sandeep Taneja, executive engineer, irrigation department, Faridabad said the work on two more bridges on the Gaunchi drain is also in progress. “The work on the remaining three bridges will start soon. All the seven bridges will be completed before March 31,” he said. Sharma said the ongoing fencing of the Gaunchi drain will not only help in keeping the drain cleaner but will also result in the development of the adjoining areas.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda laid the foundation stone of the improvement work pertaining to the Gaunchi drain on October 13 last year.

Sharma said that the fencing work and construction of seven bridges is scheduled to be completed by the end of the current financial year. The estimated cost of the project is nearly Rs 15 crore.

In January last year the state government had decided to seek loan from the National Capital Region Planning Board for funding the fencing project of the Gaunchi drain instead of releasing the fund from its own budget.

However, Sharma had been actively pursuing the matter and convinced the chief minister at a meeting held on August 23 in Chandigarh to get the funding of Rs 12.86 crore for the project approved from the various agencies of the state government.

“This is a very important project for the city. It also covers several municipal wards in NIT Assembly constituency,” said Sharma, who had been raising the demand for covering the Gaunchi drain even when he was senior deputy mayor, MCF.

The fencing of the drain will prove beneficial to the lakhs of residents of Jawahar Colony, Parwatia Colony, Press Colony and Sanjay Colony.

After several hiccups and changes in plans, it was decided in 2012 to fence the Gaunchi drain with iron web to prevent it from getting filled up with the garbage, particularly plastic bags, being thrown into it as also providing safety to the people walking along it.

“The drain from Mujesar to Sohna Road is being fenced with iron web as is done on the Kalindi Kunj bridge in Noida. The total length of the drain to be covered is 3.7 km,” said Taneja.

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