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Work begins on bridge approach

Construction of an approach road to the second bridge over Kharkai river on the Jamshedpur end began on Wednesday.

The approach road is being constructed by Tata Steel at a cost of over Rs 10 crore. A private company, Himanchal Construction, has been entrusted with the job, which is scheduled to be completed by June this year.

The work on the approach road started on the Kharkai Link Road-end on Wednesday, while work on the approach road leading to the Voltas Building will start in the next two days.

A senior official of Tata Steel said towards Kharkai Link Road, the approach road will extend for 240 metres, which will be till Bodhanwala Garage.

“This will not only be a one-way approach road linking the second bridge over Kharkai, but also the height of the existing road will be increased to match the height of the newly-constructed bridge,” said the official.

“Whereas the approach road from Voltas Building will start from zero level height to eight feet near the bridge, the approach road from the Kharkai Link Road will be from zero level at the Bodhanwala Garage to two feet close to the new bridge,” said the officer, requesting anonymity

According to the officer, it will be a double carriage lane on both the approach roads, and the roundabout near Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Eye Hospital will also be shifted.

Meanwhile, the management of the construction company has given a five-day ultimatum to owners of the hoardings fixed along Kharkai Link Road.

“The encroachment along Kharkai Link Road, including the advertisement hoardings, have to be removed by February 25, otherwise we will be compelled to remove the encroachment forcibly,” said Rajiv Kumar, a senior official of Himachal Construction.

Notably, the second bridge linking the newly-constructed Adityapur-Kandra four-lane was constructed by the road construction department at a cost of 15.5 crore. Mangotia Construction, which constructed the bridge was supposed to build the approach road on either side of the bridge, but after the bridge was completed in March 2012, Mangotia Construction expressed its inability to construct the approach road.

As a result, the road construction department approached Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited to make the Adityapur end of the approach road. For constructing the Jamshedpur end of the approach road, the road construction department approached Tata Steel.

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