The Maharashtra government has approved a new railway over bridge (RoB) at Ajni in Nagpur involving an investment of ₹326.53 crore. The colonial-era Ajni RoB, constructed in 1927, would be converted into a 220m long cable stayed RoB to reduce traffic jams in the area.
Prior to this, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had approached the government for administrative approval to replace the existing RoB with an eight-lane cable-stayed bridge and elliptical rotary junction. In fact, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had handed over the revised development project report of Ajni RoB to NMC. Currently, due to its dilapidated condition, heavy vehicle traffic has been prohibited on the bridge. The civic body has also approached Central Railway and the government health department, as it requires additional possession of 1.58-hectare land, which includes 10- metre-wide railway land. Apart from replacing the existing RoB, NHAI’s revised DPR also includes improvement of traffic on its west side, which connects three roads — FCI Godown, Rahate Colony, and Ajni station.