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Push for Ring Road

Ranchi, July 22: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has agreed to cover phase I and II of proposed Ring Road project that would encircle the city and help in reducing traffic chaos in the main city area.

This would also save cost for the state, which had planned to develop all seven phases of the ring road at its own. Total length of the ring road is about 85-km while phase I and II measures around 25-km.

“Phase I and II of proposed Ranchi ring road project were to come parallel to proposed alignment of NH-33 bypass. So NHAI decided to take over both the phases under its alignment,” said NHAI manager M. K. Pandey.

At present work is going on in phase VII of the ring road whose about 11-km length would connect NH-75 (Ranchi-Lohardaga road) near Kathi tand with that of NH-33 (Ranchi-Hazaribagh road) near Vikas Vidyalaya.

The work that would cost over Rs 100 crore is being executed by the road construction department which has involved Delhi based Somdatta Builders and Shrinet and Shandilya for the task. However, progress of the project is far from satisfactory amid land acquisition related hiccups and contractors failing to mobilise the resources.

However, work on phase III, IV, V and VI is going on full-fledged. Total project cost for the four phases is over Rs 600 crore.

So NHAI agreeing to include phase I and II under its new alignment would complete the ring road of the state capital.

Phase I would start near Vikas Vidyalaya (where phase VII culminates) while it would culminate near Sidraul in the Ranchi-Jamshedpur road taking into its fold phase II also.

NHAI sources said both the phases would be part of the proposed four-laning project of Ranchi-Rargaon-Jamshedpur stretch of NH-33.

Meanwhile, after many abortive bids to attract contractors for the four-laning project of Ranchi-Rargaon-Jamshedpur, that measures total 163.5 km of NH-33, under BOT-toll basis, the NHAI have decided to invite fresh proposals for the Rs 1479 crore project under BOT-annuity basis.

Total 18 construction majors have responded to NHAI’s pre-bidding process.

NHAI sources said state government has been asked to ensure speedy land acquisition for the entire stretch of 163.5 km so that once the project is awarded to the contractor the work can be executed on war footing.

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