The bridge stretch on Wednesday where water pipelines will be removed to widen NH-32. Picture by Gautam Dey
Dhanbad district officials and police on Wednesday inspected Shramik Chowk — one of the busiest areas of the coal capital — to scout for ways to end regular jam sessions along a stretch of NH-32, which runs below Gaya Bridge.
The team, led by deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar and SP Jatin Narwal, did a quick recce and suggested three remedies.
The officials have decided to uproot a defunct overground pipeline of the drinking water and sanitation department situated on the left side of the road. They also discussed the feasibility to shift the functional overground drain of the department on the right side of the stretch in order to widen the road.
Confirming the day’s developments, executive engineer of the department Pramod Kumar said: “We will do away with the defunct pipeline on the left side within a month.”
On shifting the functional one, Kumar said it would be costly and would require expertise to make the pipeline pass under the bridge.
The inspection team also comprised chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation Awdhesh Kumar Pandey and district transport officer Ravi Raj Sharma.
Sharma said they had decided to install road delineators to regulate traffic headed towards the station. Demarcating separate lanes for autos will ease congestion.
The team also expressed concern over garbage near Gaya Bridge that further eats into vehicle space. Kumar asked Pandey to place a dustbin near the chowk and ensure regular cleaning.
The team later visited JP Chowk, about a kilometre from Shramik Chowk, where they discussed the possibility of reducing the height of Jai Prakash Square. But a final decision in this regard has not yet been taken.
Prashant Kumar had conducted inspection of Shramik Chowk and Gaya Bride on December 16 last year after which repair work was initiated and was completed on January 15.