Vehicles pass through the welcome gate erected on Subernarekha Link Road on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A giant welcome gate erected by Telco Workers’ Union for greeting its president and state minister Rajendra Prasad Singh is proving to be a nuisance for steel city commuters.
The gate was erected on the 20-feet-wide Subernarekha Link Road on Sunday afternoon to welcome Singh, who was in town for signing a Telco wage revision deal.
The structure cut into two feet of the stretch that connects Mango Bridge to the district collectorate, old court, sales tax office, SDO office and Jubilee Park and is used by thousands of commuters daily.
Although the minister left for Ranchi Tuesday morning, the gate stayed put till late in the evening, causing severe inconvenience to commuters who risked collisions with the bamboo structure while negotiating the arterial stretch.
“We came to the district collectorate to submit a memorandum to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and were stuck in a traffic jam for nearly half-an-hour. An elderly member of our organisation narrowly escaped collision with the bamboo structure. I do not know why the administration permits such gates on busy roads,” said Panna Lal Gautam, president of Shree Yog Vedant Seva Samity.
Pawan Kumar, a Jharkhand Chatra Morcha leader, had come to the collectorate to complain about irregularities in BEd admissions in city colleges. Thanks to the gate, he almost met with an accident.
“An SUV coming from the opposite side nearly rammed my bike. Both sides of the road were blocked because of the gate,” he said.
Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Subodh Kumar admitted the problem, blaming political parties that rarely took permission for erecting such structures. “They rarely take permission, except during elections,” he added.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal promised action. “I am out on inspection in Patamda and Bodam blocks and will look into the matter as soon as I return,” he said.
Telco Workers’ Union general secretary Chandrabhan Singh admitted that they had erected nearly 25 gates across the city to welcome the minister but said that the tent dealer had been ordered to dismantle them after his departure.