Jam sessions on NH-32 at Sramik Chowk in Dhanbad will soon be a thing of the past. Picture by Gautam Dey
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has geared up to mend a stretch of the busy road running below Gaya Bridge close to the Dhanbad railway station, following instructions from deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar and inspection of arterial links on December 16.
The authority is aiming to start repairs of around 50 feet of the highway (NH-32) below the railway overbridge within a week.
The highway, which connects Dhanbad town with Bank More, Kendua, Katras, Putki, Moonidih, Dhansar, Jharia, Jorapokhar, Chasnala and Sindri, witnesses perennial traffic jam during the day.
The 50ft stretch is full of potholes — a result of overflowing water from drains.
According to a study conducted by traffic police, over 2,000 vehicles including approximately 208 auto-rickshaws cross the road from either side in 10 minutes.
“Since there is a rail bridge over the stretch, we cannot increase the height of the road as it will create problems for heavy vehicles. So, we will have to maintain the existing structure of the road while carrying out repairs,” said executive engineer of NHAI Narendra Prasad.
“As the tarred stretch is often damaged by the waterlogged drains, we have decided to use paver blocks on an experimental basis to repair the road,” he said.
He pointed out that the concrete blocks were expected to be more durable than the mix of stone chips and tar.
Traffic DSP P.C. Jha said the repairs would help overcome traffic congestion on NH-32 to a large extent.
“We will install traffic signals on the road on both sides of Gaya Bridge, as we have to enforce one-way on various occasions between 10am and 2pm to avoid jams,” said Jha.
The administration has also decided to initiate talks with the Loknayak Smarak Samiti for carrying out remodelling of the statue of Jay Prakash Narayan on JP Chowk, around 100 metres from Gaya Bridge in Bank More, to ease traffic flow.