Come March and you will be able to drive on the four lane road alongside the Sabarmati River. For, the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation Limited (SRFDCL), the special purpose vehicle floated by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to oversee the Sabarmati Riverfront project work, recently finalised the design for the road network on the east and west bank of the river.
The road will cover the five bridges under the project. The SRFDCL has decided to develop roads under the bridges which will be in a series of slopes. Once completed, the roads below the bridges will resemble an under-bridge.
Under the tenders, the contractors will have to construct a wall to demarcate the road from the rest of the reclaimed space. The work on development of road network on the west bank of the river is expected to be completed by March 2011 and it will cover around 8.5km network.
"Work on the road development below the bridges has already started. The four lane road will also have provision for pedestrian space for safe commuting," said an official.
The road below the bridges will also have special illumination. Currently, the work is in progress under the Subhash bridge, Gandhi bridge and Sardar bridge.
The project will also have wide promenades and a 7 km of cycle track amid serene lush green trees and lawns along the Sabarmati River.
The SRFDCL bosses decided to come up with 30m wide road on the eastern side of the river bank and 24m wide road on the western bank on 11 km along the Sabarmati River.
Around 46.45 hectare land (of total 162 hectare reclaimed land) will be used to develop the road.
The SRFDCL opted to develop a 24 m road on reclaimed land on western bank of river as there is already support of Ashram Road to divert the traffic.
But on the eastern part of the river, it was important to construct wide roads as there is no main wide road to carry the traffic. So, the SRFDCL decided to develop a 30m road on eastern bank.