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Darkness descends on four-lane road

A rush job has its share of risks.

Barely two days after its much-hurried inauguration by chief minister Arjun Munda, Adityapur-Kandra four-lane road has plunged into darkness, thanks to its non-functioning street lamps that were drawing power from generators as the implementing agency is yet to get necessary clearance from JSEB.

Alok Mani, senior manager of Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL), the executing agency of the Rs 185.5-crore road project, said some street lights — installed in a hurry to meet the December 31 inauguration deadline — stopped functioning on Wednesday due to technical snag. As a result, the entire lighting system collapsed.

“The street lights on Adityapur-Kandra Road are such that if any lamp develops a snag, the entire system will automatically crash. We are trying to detect the snag and set it right but it will take two days,” Mani said.

Of the total 15.3km Adityapur-Kandra four-lane, 120 lamp posts were put up on a 6.9km stretch in two phases — first from Kharkai bridge to RIT Mode and then from Becco More till Tayo gate. On the night of December 31, lights along Kharkai bridge-RIT Mode were switched on.

“How could the lights develop fault just within two days? Further, the stretch between Becco More and Tayo gate did not get illuminated even on the day of inauguration,” complained Satya Prakas, a resident of Adityapur.

He speculated that JARDCL had intentionally lit up only a part of the four-lane project in view of the inauguration and then switched it off as JSEB was yet to provide power connection to the street lights.

O.P. Ambaste, general manager of JSEB, Singhbhum area, confirmed JARDCL had applied for power connection. “We have received an application. It is likely to be processed in a week,” Ambaste added.


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