Decision on RUP instead of ROB at Anangpur crossing


  • 31 Jan 2015
  • Hindustan Times (Delhi)

The railways have the design for both and have to take a call on the issue

To provide easy movement to commuters at the rail level crossing at Anangpur, Public Works Department (PWD) has now got a design prepared for a rail under pass (RUP). There were some issues regarding the design in the earlier proposal to construct a rail over bridge (ROB) at the site. These required acquisition of more land for the purpose.
Commuters feel an ROB is a better choice and RUP will create problems for them.
The construction of a ROB at Anangpur near Sarai Khwaja had hit a roadblock last year. PWD Haryana had sought the approval of the Delhi Metro Rail Cor poration (DMRC) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). This was because the gradient of the approach roads to the ROB from the Delhi-Mathura Road side was coming in the way of the Metro rail line and NH-2 due to the change in the design of the ROB. Pending a reply from DMRC and NHAI, the state government had asked PWD to prepare a design for an RUP at the site.
The ROB or RUP is to be raised near the rail level crossing (Gate No.579A). The rail level crossing provides a link for the residents of Shiv Durga Vihar, Greenfield Colony, Green Valley, Gurukul Industrial Area to Sarai Khwaja near Badarpur. The rail level crossing opens only six times a day and vehicles can be seen there stuck in a jam as the gate of the level crossing opens only for two to three minutes.
PWD (Buildings and Roads) executive engineer Dilbagh Singh Dhanda, said the design for the RUP at the site has also been prepared and is being sent to the railways for approval.
“It is now for them to decide whether an ROB or an RUP is to be constructed there,” he said. The proposed ROB/RUP will have two lanes. While the estimated cost of building for the ROB is ` 35 crore, the RUP will cost ` 26 crore. But commuters feel an ROB is a better choice, for an RUP will create problems for them. “We oppose an RUP as we have seen the problems it has caused in Green Field Colony. An RUP becomes useless during monsoon as water logging takes place there. I am going to write to MP Krishan Pal Gujar to impress upon the departments to make an ROB instead of an RUP at Anangpur,” said MS Sodhi, a resident of Green Field Colony. PWD had started an exercise to pave the way for an ROB near Gurukul in Anangpur in 2013. The ROB will benefit nearly five lakh people.


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