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State highway launch today

Get your hot wheels ready to zip through the smooth as silk Ranchi-Patratu Road from Wednesday, officially.

Chief minister Arjun Munda and JMM chief Shibu Soren will jointly inaugurate the all-new Rs 450-crore revamped highway road on Wednesday morning.

“The inauguration will be at 11am near Birsa Agriculture University. The CM along with other officials will open it through an online forum,” said chief engineer of the road construction department Patwari Soren.

Built by Gujarat-based Monte Carlo Constructions Pvt Limited, the road scores for its smooth manoeuvrability and eye-catching stretches snaking through Kanke, Pithoria, Patratu valley and beyond.

It is the first successfully completed project initiated by Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL) — a joint venture of the road construction department and IL&FS Transportation Networks (India) Limited — in the state on public-private partnership mode.

According to the chief engineer, the road is fully prepared to accommodate heavy traffic with its state-of-the-art designing and construction. Last month, The Telegraph had highlighted how loose boulders at the valley pose threats to commuters.

Patwari Soren said the problem had been addressed. “Guard walls have been built at dangerous areas across the valley and loose rocks have been secured with wire nets to prevent any erosion or sliding downwards,” he said, adding that bus bays were also being planned at various points.

Unlike the Ranchi-Ramgarh-Hazaribagh four-laning project, this stretch will be toll-gate free. “As of now, toll taxes or gates are not in the pipeline and the road will be completely free for people,” he added.

JARDCL is also engaged in other projects pegged at over Rs 1,800 crore, including four phases of Ranchi Ring Road (36.2km), Ranchi-Patratu-Ramgarh Road (62km), the 15.5km Adityapur-Kandra Road and the 70km Chaibasa-Kandra-Chowka Road.

Deputy chief ministers Sudesh Mahto and Hemant Soren, Assembly Speaker C.P. Singh, MPs Yashwant Sinha and Subodh Kant Sahay and Kanke MLA Ram Chandra Baitha will also attend the inauguration.


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