The bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.52 crore would shorten the distance by 1.5 kilometres
Shimla/ May 20
Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today inaugurated a bridge near Auckland tunnel in Shimla on National Highway 5 (NH 5) constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.52 crore under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Singh while speaking on the occasion, said that the foundation stone of this bridge was laid by him during previous regime of Congress in March, 2007 but the BJP Government, who remained in power from 2008 onwards, completely ignored the same and failed to complete it in stipulated time. With the construction of this bridge, the flow of traffic would be eased besides facilitating the pedestrians as separate pedestrian path had also been constructed along-side.
He said that more than Rs. 10 crore had been spent on construction of tunnel beneath Auckland house school and bridge under JNNURM resulting in shortening the distance by around one and a half kilometre between Lakkar Bazar to Sanjauli.
Virbhadra Singh disclosed that a additional complex of IGMC would be constructed from Cart Road, near the old bridge on Snowdown Nullah upto the main building of IGMC having facilities of OPD, diagnosis and doctor’s rooms with lift facility to facilitate patients and others visiting IGMC every day.
Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, Chairman, Zila Parishad Chandreshwar Prasad, President Shimla District Rural Congress Kehar Singh Khachi, Commissioner MC Shimla Amarjeet Singh and other prominent persons were also present on the occasion.