The much-awaited pedestrian underpass between Panjab University (PU) and the PGI is going to be reality soon as UT Chandigarh administration is in process of starting the construction soon.
Tenders for the construction of the underpass between the PU gate and the PGI main gate would be floated soon and the work would start by the next month.
- The underpass, whose estimated cost is nearly Rs 7.20 crore, will be 15-metre wide and 38-metre long. It will have 12 shops dealing with basic facilities like Photostat.
- Apart from staircase, the underpass will have lifts and escalators to facilitate elderly and patients on wheelchairs.
UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore gave his in-principle approval for the construction of the underpass after the traffic police appraisal of being this busy road stretch a risky one. Thousands of patients from other states too come to the premier medical institute for treatment. Buses drop passengers on the road opposite the main gate of the hospital and they have to cross the road amid heavy traffic. In addition to this, people have to wait for a long time to cross the road due to heavy traffic on both sides of the road. This underpass will ensure hassle-free vehicular and pedestrian movement.
The first pedestrian underpass in the city was constructed to connect Sector 17 and 22 at the bus stand and the second was constructed to connect Sector 17 and the Rose Garden.
Source: The Tribune