One of the busiest thoroughfares of the state capital, Ratu Road can finally hope for some breathing space with the Centre extending in-principle approval of a Rs 29 crore plan to widen and repair the link that boasts of such landmarks as the state Election Commission office, the Pandra wholesale market and Central University of Jharkhand.
The project, a proposal for which was sent by the state road construction department to the Union ministry of road transport & highways early this year, invisages widening of the 4.05 km road that includes a stretch between Kutchery Chowk and Piska (3.55km) and another 0.5 km stretch along NH-23 (Ranchi-Gumla road).
As the project does not involve land acquisition, officials in the state road construction department feel that it would sail through.
“The 4.05km road will be widened to a maximum width in keeping with the availability of land on both sides. There will be no fresh acquisition of land. If we come across encroachments, they would be demolished,” said an official of the department.
There will also be a provision of 1.75-metre wide covered drains on both flanks of the all-important road that connects the state capital to NH-75 (Ranchi-Kudu-Latehar-Daltonganj road) and NH-23 (Ranchi-Gumla road).
Bihari Gupta, a businessman whose house is on Ratu Road, spoke for everyone when he welcomed the move. “Regular traffic snarls have made our their lives miserable. The project will give some relief to harried residents,” he said.
Engineer-in-chief of the department Ram Naresh Raman said the project was of immense importance to the capital and they would ensure it was completed within the stipulated time.