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December 26 date for four-lane stretch

The much-awaited Adityapur-Kandra four-lane road will most likely be declared open on December 26.

A decision to this effect was taken after an inspection of the under-construction stretch by principal secretary (road construction department) Rajbala Verma on Saturday evening.

Chief minister Arjun Munda would be the one to inaugurate the Rs 185.5crore Adityapur-Kandra four lane, but a considerable amount of work remains to be done on the service lane.

Speaking to The Telegraph, executive engineer, road construction department’s Seraikela division, Sanjay Kumar Singh, said the principal secretary inspected the project and December 26 was fixed as the tentative date for inauguration. Singh was present during the inspection.

He added that Verma during her visit to Adityapur also inspected the second Kharkai bridge and work on the approach road to the bridge from the Bistupur end.

Unhappy with the progress of the approach road, Verma expressed doubts over whether the second bridge could be inaugurated with the four-lane road on the same day. “After inspecting the approach road, Verma said she would talk to the managing director of Tata Steel and utility company Jusco to get the work on the approach expedited so that the bridge can be inaugurated along with the four-lane road. She said she would keep a close tab on the progress of the work,” said the executive engineer.

The Adityapur Kandra four-lane road is connected to the second Kharkai bridge. Singh pointed out if the four-lane is made operational without completion of the bridge approach road, then vehicular movement will be in a shambles.

“In absence of an approach road on the Bistupur end, there will be road mishaps and traffic snarls, but still we are keeping our fingers crossed, in anticipation that the approach road will be completed by December 26,” Singh told The Telegraph.

Sources said in the road construction department revealed the principal secretary is taking special interest in the work on the second Kharkai bridge as the project is already running way behind schedule.

Notably, the foundation stone for the second bridge over the Kharkai was laid on December 13, 2007. It was scheduled to be completed on April 6, 2010. But as the construction could not be done within the stipulated time, the road construction department extended the deadline till March 12, 2012, but that too was missed.

Meanwhile, local NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha had decided to start a fresh agitation by staging a maha dharna near the Kharkai bridge on December 12 to pressure the road construction department to complete the bridge soon.

Officials of the department informed that Jusco, which has been entrusted the task to complete the approach road on the Bistupur end, has already floated a tender for the same, and the work will start soon.