The Adityapur-Kandra road where work on widening it to four lanes is in progress on Wednesday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Two automated toll plazas are set to come up on the Adityapur-Kandra road that should be ready in an all-new, four-lane avatar exactly a year from now when commuting between the steel city and the industrial hub is expected to be a much pleasant experience.
The toll plazas would be at Kandra Chowk on the Jamshedpur-end of the 15km-road. Alok Mani, the senior manager of executing agency Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company (JARDC), said the site for the toll plazas was selected by PWD (road construction).
“We will set up a toll building, which will house the two plazas at Kandra Chowk, and will serve as the entry and exit points of the Adityapur-Kandra road. Our responsibility will be to build the facility and hand it over to PWD (road construction) which will have the responsibility of toll collection,” said Mani.
The official said boom barriers would be put in place to control the movement of vehicles at the tollgate.
“The gates will be completely automatic, and motorists will have to spend a minimum amount of time to pay the toll. The facility will be heavy-vehicle-specific,” he added.
Executive engineer of PWD (road construction) Sanjay Kumar Singh said the toll plazas are being set up at Kandra Chowk because it will be a point which will be free from traffic snarls. Space was necessary given the fact that a number of heavy vehicles would converge at the toll plaza at the same time.
He said the Adityapur end was ruled out because of the congestion there.
“The movement of heavy vehicles will be restricted from the Jamshedpur end through Kharkai bridge, and heavy vehicles will be pass through Adityapur toll bridge to go towards Adityapur industrial area. There is, therefore, no point in setting up toll plazas at the Adityapur end,” said the executive engineer.
“Moreover, toll collection will be from heavy vehicles only, and smaller vehicles will be exempted from paying toll,” said Singh.
Over 2,000 heavy vehicles, including multi-axle trucks and dumpers use Adityapur-Kandra Road through Kandra Chowk every day carrying industrial goods en route Chowka-Chandil and Ranchi.
A large number of heavy vehicles, mostly carrying iron-ore, also cross the Kandra Chowk point via Seraikela-Kandra Road daily. Also using the stretch are numerous mini trucks and private cars.
The ambitious four-lane project worth Rs 185.5 crore is being executed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. As per an agreement between the state government and JARDC, a subsidiary of construction major Infrastructure and Leasing Financial Service’s transportation network, the latter has to construct the four-lane stretch and hand it over to PWD.
The company will, however, have to maintain the road for the next 15 years.
According to the agreement, after completion of the four-laning work, PWD will float a tender to select an agency to collect toll. For 15 years after completion, the state government will pay JARDC Rs 22.5 crore every six months, a considerable amount of which is expected to be generated from toll collection.