ROBs / RUBs – An initiative to accelerate public convenience in Punjab

Over 405 Road over bridges (ROBs) / full height Road under Bridges (RUBs) were completed in the fiscal year of 2014 – 2015. As 1492 Road over bridges (ROBs) / full height Road under Bridges (RUBs) were sanctioned for construction work on 1st April, 2015 a proactive approach was evident with completion of 184 ROBs / RUBs.

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With the motive of improving road – connectivity in the state, the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government allocated an investment of Rs. 318 crore in January, 2013 through building Road over bridges (ROBs) / full height Road under Bridges (RUBs). A total number of 13 ROBs and RUBs were to be constructed with the prescribed amount. Under the proficient guidance of the chief secretary, Sarvesh Kaushal a meeting was held with the prominent officers of the Northern railways, regarding the agenda of constructing Road over bridges (ROBs) / full height Road under Bridges (RUBs) in the state.

The proposal of initiating the construction of ROBs / RUBs in the regions of Malwa, Doaba, Majha and Ferozepur region, in order to decongest traffic as per the requirements of the region were discussed. A marathon meeting was held by the Punjab cabinet in early February this year, with a view of giving an image make – over to the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government.

The budget session for the financial year 2016 – 2017 included deliberations to raise loans for building Road over bridges (ROBs) / full height Road under Bridges (RUBs) according to its concurrence to the dedicated freight corridor corporation of India, in order to raise funds of Rs 92.25 crore as state share for constructing about 17 railway over bridges (ROBs), railway under bridges (RUBs) in the Punjab state. It has been decided that the loans shall be repaid back in 10 years with a three-year moratorium.

As the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government completed 9 years of successful governance, the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal informed that there has been a complete transformation in the national highway network in the State with the coming up of 17 different 4/6 laning motorways spanning a length of 1,369 kms at a cost of Rs. 18,761 crore besides maintenance and up-gradation of highways costing Rs. 1,474 crore and ROBs/RUBs at a cost of Rs, 1,600 crore. “This would definitely provide an impetus to the State economy and make a significant difference in trucking logistics with increase in average road speed,” he emphasized.

It would not be wrong to claim that with the stringent, responsive and dedicated efforts of the Shiromani Akali Dal – BJP led state government the roadways and railways of the state has been paving its way towards development. The construction of Road over bridges (ROBs) / full height Road under Bridges (RUBs), has played a pivotal role in checking road congestion in the state.

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