The opening of traffic on the multi-layer transport system on Wardha Road has given much-needed relief to the Nagpurians. Along with the flyover, traffic movement has also started on Rail-over-Bridge (RoB) and Rail-under-Bridge (RuB), constructed by Maha Metro Nagpur, as part of deposit works of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
The Wardha Road flyover has given much-needed relief to Nagpurians from traffic congestion witnessed and experienced on the road below. Simultaneously, RoB and RuB have also provided big respite to the citizens as it cuts down on time otherwise spent waiting for more than an hour at the level crossing gate to open when a train passes on that route.
The vehicular movement on these two structures has been worked out by Maha Metro in consultation with officials of the traffic department of local police. Accordingly, traffic from Wardha Road towards Manish Nagar is permitted on RuB and vehicular movement from Manish Nagar to Wardha Road is allowed on the RoB.
The RoB and RuB have been designed as per the plan prepared by a team of experts. Both the structures are essentially 2-lane one-way in nature. In fact, considering the nature of RuB, its carriageway width is was increased from 6.5 meter under the railway track to 8.5 meter due to sharp turns. The extra carriageway as one approach will ensure the safety of the travelling public.
And that’s not all. Maha Metro has also provided mirrors in RuB to ensure that those traveling get to have a better perspective of the traffic there. Such a move would definitely help the commuters to adjust to the existing traffic conditions there in an enhanced way. While the multi-layer transport system is a unique structure, a T-Junction connecting a flyover is a rarity.
Maha Metro has also provided signage at all vantage points to guide those travelling on the two structures for safe and secure traffic management. The double-decker flyover, Manish Nagar Flyover, and subway have been designed as per the norms laid down by Indian Road Congress (IRC). Adequate signage has been provided. Adequate LED lights as per IRC standards have been provided.
In fact, some signage – fixed at different locations, gave the same message, thus, highlighting the need to follow the rules as written there. As mentioned earlier, as per the traffic plans, a person travelling from Wardha Road to Manish Nagar has to turn left and go to his destination using the RuB. Similarly, a person wishing to go towards the airport from Manish Nagar has to just climb the RoB and take left to get to his desired place.
Similarly, someone coming from the airport and wanting to go to Manish Nagar has to take the road below and turn right at the desired location to travel through RuB. Also, one travelling towards the city airport is free to travel either using flyover or the road beneath. Moreover, this arrangement is temporary in nature and subject to change from the concerned authorities.
Maha Metro has also approached the traffic department of Nagpur Police for a detailed traffic plan for the RoB and RuB. Maha Metro would make necessary changes, if any, sought by local police for the smooth running of traffic.