Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh State Bridge Corporation (UPSBC) has written to National Monument Authority (NMA) to provide necessary clearance for Chowk flyover.
According to UPSBC officials, it will take around 45 days to complete the remaining work of the flyover as soon as they receive approval from the central body.
The construction work of Chowk flyover has been halted two months ago after Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) lodged a complaint against UPSBC project manager with the Chowk police station for doing construction activity within 200 metres radius of Bada Imambara in violation of Ancient Monument and Archaeological and Remains Act 1958.
However, Lucknow MP representative Diwakar Tripathi told TOI, “UPSBC has already repaired the part where objection was raised by the ASI. Thereafter, a request letter has been sent to the National Monument Authority to allow work so that the flyover can be completed. We expect to get approval within a month.”
In its complaint, ASI had said that despite the ban on construction activities within the 200 metres periphery of the monument, the digging work for the approach road to the flyover was carried out in the area. The ASI had also stated that UPSBC did not apply for a no-objection certificate from the body.
Constructed at a cost of Rs 110 crore, once operational the project will greatly benefit more than 50,000 commuters of Rajajipuram, Chowk, Aishbagh and Victoria Street. The flyover will also reduce the travelling time between Victoria Street to KGMU from 25 minutes to just 10 minutes. The project was announced by Lucknow MP Rajnath Singh in 2018.
Managing director, UPSBC, Arvind Srivastava said, “As soon as they receive clearance from ASI, the construction work of flyover will be completed within 45 days. About 90% of the work has already been completed.”