Govt clamps down on FOB excess

Makes feasibility study compulsory before construction to see if the FOB is needed or not


Shivani Chaturvedi | October 6, 2010

The government has made a feasibility study compulsory before the construction of a foot-over-bridge (FOB) as the city has recently witnessed reckless constructions of such bridges - even in areas that did not need them.

Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) sources say there are several parts in the city where a FOB is not required - and yet there is one, none too shy of its presence. There are hardly any users of the FOB, they say, but because of political reasons such bridges are made. The easiest way to utilise the MPLAD fund is to get FOB or underpass constructed in the constituency, without judging if it is really needed or not, the sources added.

With the study being made compulsory, crores spent on such FOBs which are not needed will be saved.

Government has floated a tender for feasibility study of FOBs at five locations of East Delhi. They are - GTB hospital gate number 7, Bank colony (Harsh Vihar), DTC depot Nand Nagri road number 63, deputy commissioner's (north east) office Shahdara road number 69 and B block Yamuna Vihar road number 59. Public Works Department (PWD) is the executing agency of the work.

CRRI is one of the bidders for the project. The consulting agency will first see the viability of the project in the area and only then can the work go ahead. 



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