Construction work in progress along the Adityapur-Kandra Road on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Its carriage lanes nearing completion, construction of Adityapur-Kandra Road’s service lanes have begun.
The collateral work, which is a part of the Rs 185.5-crore road project, will however have to overcome a row of encroachment hurdles before it finishes its ambitious race.
Once operational, the Adityapur-Kandra Road will facilitate industrial traffic, while the service lanes will be the first of their kind in Jharkhand.
Executive engineer of PWD (road construction) Sanjay Kumar Singh said each toll-free service lane, which will flank the main road, will be 10ft wide and offer commuting convenience to pedestrians, two-wheelers and small vehicles.
“There will be exits from the four carriage lanes to the service lanes at strategic points,” he added.
Alok Mani, senior manager of Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL) — the executing agency, confirmed that service lane work had commenced on the Kandra end more than a week ago.
Mani admitted that the job at hand was challenging.
“Though light posts and trees have been removed at most places, some parts of the proposed lane might see encroachments. But, we will definitely overcome such problems with help from the local administration,” he said.
Elaborating on the challenges, he said that there were encroachments in Gamharia and Adityapur, and hence, the deputy commissioner of Seraikela-Kharsawan was keeping a close watch on the progress of the project. “If and when a problem crops up, we will sort it out,” said the senior manager of the JARDCL, which is a subsidiary of construction major IL&FS.
He, however, refused to give a time frame for completion of the service lanes, citing these unexpected hiccups.