The government has finally announced plans to replace the old Ajni bridge with a new cable-stayed railway overbridge (ROB). The construction of this 220 metre long bridge along the lines of Ramjhula is expected to alleviate traffic congestion in the Ajni area.
Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister, recently announced this via Twitter. The original Ajni ROB, built in 1927, will now be converted into a 220m long cable stayed ROB, according to the tweet. It will cost Rs 326.53 crore to build.
The bridge was constructed during the British era. This bridge connects South and West Nagpur. Thou sands of people pass through this bridge every day. Due to the weakening of the bridge, iron posts and height barriers were installed at some dis tance at both ends to prevent the movement of heavy ve hicles on the bridge. These too were damaged many times by high speed vehicles.
Traffic jams arise on the bridge, especially in the morning and evening. Am bulances carrying patients to the Government Medical College have also been stuck here several times. Now with the announcement of the deputy chief minister, there is hope for a solution to all such problems.