Vehicles have a tough time navigating on the unpaved road leading to Kharkai Bridge on Thursday. (Animesh Sengupta)
Work on the long-awaited approach road from the Bistupur-end of the second Kharkai Bridge is set to commence in a couple of days.
Officials of Tata Steel, which had been entrusted with the responsibility of constructing the approach road, said tender process for the Rs 10 crore project had been taken care of with work likely to get over in six to eight months after its start.
“We are through with the tender process and expect start work very soon. There are some details that we need to take care of before the actual construction work begins,” an official of Tata Steel’s logistics department told The Telegraph.
He added that there were some encroachments in the vicinity of the bridge — like a police booth and a small government office — which had to be razed before the approach road could come up. The steel major, he claimed, has already held talks with the district administration in this regard.
“The approach road will connect Voltas House on Bistupur Main Road with the Kharkai Bridge. It would be a one-way approach road of the same width as that of the second bridge,” the senior official said.
He said construction work would begin from both — the bridge and Voltas Building — ends simultaneously. “The existing roundabouts at Kharkai Link road will be removed and replaced,” he said.
Though the official hoped that work would be completed before the end of summer, he said it might be delayed by a couple of months if the monsoon season arrived early.
Interestingly, the state government had paid Tata Steel a sum of Rs 37.8 lakh for construction of the approach road from the Bistupur end. However, the steel major would end up forking out Rs 9.2 crore more to bring the road at level with the bridge that was eight feet higher.
Sources said, though the second Kharkai Bridge had been completed two months ago, vehicular movement on the stretch was affected due to an approach road on the Bistupur side. The state had initially asked Mangotia Construction Pvt Limited to come up with approach roads on both ends. After Mangotia expressed its inability to carry out the project, the state department officials then knocked on the doors of Tata Steel.
and the Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company that is currently involved in four-laning the Adityapur-Kandra Road.