Residents have expressed strong reservations about the level of Adityapur-Kandra road being raised while four-laning it as they feel it would lead to severe water-logging along the stretch.
On Tuesday, 140 residents sent a joint petition to the chief secretary, seeking his immediate intervention.
The ambitious Rs 185 crore four-lane project is being executed by Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL), a subsidiary of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILFS).
According to residents, JARDCL has raised the level of the existing road by four to five feet, putting their homes and establishments at a distinct disadvantage.
The construction agency has also covered drains that existed on either side of the road.
In the petition, the signatories said due to the road level being raised and in the absence of proper drainage, there was bound to be water-logging during the rainy season.
The residents also submitted a ruling of Patna High Court which ordered the road construction department and other agencies concerned to stop raising the level of roads all over Bihar.
The residents claimed they had met JARDCL authorities and to find out about plans for drainage along the stretch.
JARDCL representative Alok Mani apparently told them that the construction agency would set up drains for rainwater on either side. Mani, however, denied meeting any delegation of residents.
He confirmed that drains for rainwater would be constructed but added that as far as drainage for houses along the road was concerned, it was the responsibility of Adityapur Municipal Council (AMC).
AMC, however, expressed its helplessness in providing drains for domestic purposes as neither JARDCL nor the road construction department had consulted it while the designing the four lane project.