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Siliguri flyover
The long wait for the first flyover seems to be nearing an end at Siliguri. The town is expected to receive the much needed flyover by the end of May. A meeting between Siliguri Mayor Bikash Ghosh; senior divisional engineer, North East Frontier Railway Mr GP Singh and other officials were held in Siliguri today.

The mayor declined to specify a date for the inauguration of the flyover but informed media that the flyover is expected to be complete in a months time. The officials of the railway were confident that their part of the construction will be over by the second week of May.

The senior divisional manager expressed his satisfaction with the progress of the work. He informed that seven units out of the nine under the responsibility of the railways have been completed already. The rest should be over by the given time.

A blame game has been going on over the delay in building the flyover in one of the busiest areas of the town. The flyover is build over the railway tracks near Siliguri town station to connect the north of the town with the south. Work on the flyover has been going on for more than 3 years now. During the last general election in 2006 local MLA and minister Ashok Bhattacharya had promised that the flyover is a matter of “Weeks not Months”. More than a year has passed since.

The state authorities have been blaming the railways for luckluster approach towards building the flyover. As of now, the entire stretch of the flyover is finished except for construction over the railway tracks which is the responsibility of the railway authorities.
Posted On : 5-4-2007
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