Monday, February 28, 2011

Trees on service lane to give way to smooth traffic

Feb 28, 2011,LUDHIANA:

The municipal corporation will pay Rs 92.18 lakh to the forest department to remove trees from the service lane of Ferozepur Road. With it, light vehicles can ply the service lane, decongesting the main stretch.

The amount to be paid to the department has been cleared and now, forest corporation in Phillaur will be approached for permission to axe trees.

The finance and contract committee recently gave consent for making payment to the department. MC had been trying to get nod for it since 2001.

Trees interrupt traffic flow on about 10.14 hectare of forest land \' from Durga Mata Mandir to Sidhwan Canal. The civic body has already started several projects on Ferozepur Road, like passenger underpasses are being constructed at two sites \' in front of mini secretariat and in Aggar Nagar \' but these will be useless if service lanes are not utilised.

Joint commissioner MS Jaggi said they have cleared payments for acquiring 10.14 hectare on Ferozepur Road to make its service lane operational.

The forest department through a letter had sought Rs 92,18,880 from MC on February 2, 2010, for granting permission. When MC had consulted a legal advisor regarding the issue, it was suggested that \'\'there was no need to pay the huge amount for the task\'\'. But despite that, it has decided to pay it.

Traffic jams on Ferozepur Road are a regular feature, with commuters taking long to cross it. Once the service lane becomes clear, two-wheelers as well as auto-rickshaws could be diverted there.
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