Traffic on the new Adityapur bridge on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The second bridge over the Kharkai linking Jamshedpur with Adityapur was opened for commuters on Wednesday, its extra space bringing relief to regulars on the route.
Executive engineer in the road construction department (Seraikela division) Sanjay Kumar Singh said the second bridge was a diversion for commuters, adding it would be fully operational only when the approach road on the Bistupur end was completed.
Traffic on the old bridge has been stopped for construction of the approach road to the service lane of the Adityapur-Kandra stretch.
“The old bridge is being linked to the service lane of the Adityapur-Kandra road. As the service lane is under construction, we had to stop traffic on the old bridge because we have to build the approach road. We will reopen the old bridge after work on the approach road gets through,” said the engineer.
Singh said it would take time to complete the second bridge over Kharkai.
Though only one side of the new bridge was operational from Wednesday, commuters were glad to be on an easily negotiable link.
“While crossing the bridge, it felt like a congestion-free road. Though it is apparently of the same width as the old one, it is very spacious. I did not have to stop my car even once on the way, though it was rush hour,” said Adityapur resident Manish Tiwary.
Tiwary, who works in a bank, added that commuting on the bridge would be much more comfortable when the second side was complete, beside the old bridge.
“The move to allow people to use the second bridge is a stopgap arrangement as the old is bridge is closed. I cannot say exactly when will the approach road to the new bridge on the Bistupur end be constructed as it is in the domain of the utility company, Jamshedpur Utility Services Company (Jusco),” said the senior road construction department officer.
“Though we have already paid Rs 38 lakh to Jusco for constructing the approach road, the utility company has a bigger plan. Thus it has not yet started the work,” said the executive engineer.
Unlike the old bridge, the new bridge has footpath only on one side. The absence of footpath on either side gives wider space for the vehicle operators to pass through, but on the other hand the pedestrians, including the schoolchildren, have to face congestion while walking through the footpath. As the new bridge about eight feet taller than the old bridge, people feel differently while passing through it.