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Bridge to get road link after 8 years

The long-standing demand of Bokaro steel city residents for quicker connectivity to Chandrapura will, finally, be fulfilled. Construction of much-needed approach roads on either side of a bridge over the Damodar, which divides the two townships, received the green light three days ago.

On Wednesday, the tender for laying the approach roads having a width of seven metres at a cost of Rs 11 crore was finalised and a construction firm chosen.

According to the decision taken by PWD executive engineer S.K. Sinha, the district administration will acquire 15 acres for construction of the roads that will start from Sector IX on Bokaro steel city’s side and pass through villages like Baidmara, Basteji and Budhidih. On the other side, it will start from Dugda. The total length of the roads will be six and a half kilometres.

Highly placed sources said the PWD had already provided Rs 2.80 crore for acquisition of 15 acres. Notifications will be issued within seven days.

“All hurdles for construction of the approach road have been cleared. We are hopeful of finishing the project by year-end,” said Sinha.

A bridge over river Damodar was constructed more than eight years ago to curtail the distance between Bokaro steel city and the industrial township of Chandrapura by at least 25km.

However, in the absence of approach roads, only pedestrians and two-wheelers can use the bridge at present. Four-wheelers and heavy vehicles, on the other hand, reach Chandrapura by taking the Chas or sector XI route. For this, they after to cross the bridge connecting Bokaro with Dhanbad and then head for Chandrapura after passing through Lohpatti (Dhanbad), a detour of about 30km.

“We are very serious about this project and will leave no stone unturned to construct the long-pending road on time. All necessary steps will be taken to speed up acquisition of land,” Bokaro deputy commissioner Sunil Kumar said.

Once the approach road is ready, residents of Naxalite-hit areas like Nawadih, Phusro and Dugda will be able to reach the district headquarters much faster and easily.