Arjun Munda and wife Meera perform puja at their Ghorabandha residence on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Chief minister Arjun Munda on Thursday extended the much-awaited administrative approval to three proposed flyovers aimed to end traffic congestion in Ranchi.
The flyovers — to be built at a cumulative cost of Rs 477 crore — will come up at Albert Ekka Chowk, Lalpur Chowk and Sujata Chowk.
While the first will connect Urdu Library on Main Road to Jaipal Singh Stadium on Kutchery Road, the second will link KC Roy Memorial Hospital at Dangratoli Chowk to the employment exchange office before Kutchery Chowk. The third flyover will be raised between Kadru Chowk near Big Bazaar and Raj Hospital on Main Road.
A senior road construction official said technical nod for the projects was given by the Central Design Organisation (CDO), which functions under the department, a couple of months ago.
The State Highways Authority of Jharkhand, headed by road construction principal secretary Rajbala Verma, will construct the flyovers for which the chief minister has set a deadline of 2014-15.
The advance planning division of the road construction department had roped in Pune-based Suncon Engineers Private Limited to prepare the detailed project reports (DPRs) for Lalpur and Sujata Chowk flyovers. Bangalore-based Secon Engineers Private Limited was fielded for the Albert Ekka Chowk job.
Sources said around Rs 90 lakh was spent for the tasks earlier this year.
Flyovers mean that some prime properties need to be acquired and it is learnt that the chief minister has sworn to remove all hurdles.
According to the DPRs, the Albert Ekka Chowk flyover will be an elevated 1,300-metre route involving a cost of Rs 122.6 crore. The Lalpur Chowk flyover will be a longer one at 1,800 metres and it will incur a cost of around Rs 291 crore. The proposed length of the Sujata Chowk flyover is 650 metres. It will involve expenses of upto Rs 63.05 crore.
These costs are inclusive of land acquisition, utility shifting and rehabilitation and resettlement among others.
Munda on Thursday also approved repair of several capital arteries. These include the busy Circular Road (estimated budget Rs 129 lakh), Argora-Kadru Road (Rs 72 lakh), Ranchi-Chaibasa link (Rs 31 lakh), Doranda-Namkum road (Rs 55 lakh), Kutchery Road-Shaheed Chowk (Rs 44 lakh), Nepal House approach road (Rs 28 lakh) and Hinoo Chowk-HEC Road (Rs 69 lakh).
The chief minister has further extended administrative approval to urban water supply schemes in Garhwa (Rs 37.9 crore) and Jamtara (Rs 23.5 crore), besides clearing proposals for some bridges.