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NH stretch repairs start

- Stopgap measure on potholed road till four-laning is over

The back-breaking ride down the stretch between Saherbera and Pardih on NH-33, which connects Jamshedpur with Ranchi, will soon be a thing of the past.

Hyderabad-based concessionaire Madhucon Project Limited, appointed by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to execute four-laning of NH-33, started repairing the potholed 8km road, which is known to have witnessed several mishaps and traffic snarls, on Monday.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Chandil police station officer in charge Arvind Singh said they were relieved that repairs had finally started on the dilapidated stretch.

“It is a vital stretch. Any minor or major mishap, mainly caused by the gaping craters, on the road used to trigger serpentine queues of vehicles. We were hard pressed to clear the traffic as several VIPs use the route to travel to and from Jamshedpur and Ranchi. On an average, the road witnessed one or two mishaps per day due to its poor condition,” said the officer.

Madhucon officials, who started work around 8am on Monday, have pressed into action a road grader (a construction machine with a long blade used to create a flat surface), a road roller, a water tanker and two tippers (dump trucks) along with a 15-member workforce.

“We will use wet mix macadam for repairing this portion of NH-33. The work will cost about Rs 5 lakh and such repairs will continue till four-laning is complete. We hope the patchworks last till this year’s monsoon,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

Madhucon Project Limited’s manager Randip Kumar, who is supervising repairs, said the objective was to make the NH-33 stretch motorable.

“At present, it is very difficult to travel on this stretch due to craters and potholes. It is a stopgap measure till the main widening project is completed,” said the official.

According to the agreement, Madhucon Project would have to complete the four-lane project at a cost Rs 1,479 crore within 30 months from commencement of work, that is from November 9, 2012. It will be the company’s responsibility to manage and maintain the road for 15 years once the project is over.