The long wait for the four-laning of the Adityapur-Kandra road may be finally over.
IL&FS, which has been roped in to execute the project, has begun spadework on the 15.3km arterial link to ensure that the entire stretch is first freed from encroachments.
The agency has also started serving notices to the drinking water and sanitation and telecom departments, and the Jharkhand State Electricity Board, urging them to remove underground cables and pipelines and pave the way for road revamp.
“The Adityapur-Kandra road is the lifeline of two industrial hubs and hence presence of underground cables and pipelines is inevitable. However, it is important to dismantle these before digging work begins to avoid damage and disruption,” said senior manager of lL&FS Alok Kumar. He added that they would start digging the road from October-end.
Kumar further said that the stipulated time to complete the road revamp was two years and to meet that deadline they would have to work on a war footing.
The Rs 185.5-crore project will be the state’s first toll road on a public-private partnership. Once the lifeline is completed, toll will be charged from commercial vehicles. The renovated road will also have two toll-free service lanes on either side.
Asked about the dilapidated condition of the road, Kumar said they would renovate stretches of it while executing the four-laning work.
“ahead of Durga Puja, we had laid slag to plug pot-holes on the road. It was done on request of some people and the PWD (road construction). but later when we came to know that the slags was causing much inconvinience to commuters, we decided to remove them and mend the damaged stretches all over again,” the senior IL&FS official said.