Md Imtiyaz and wife Anima were expecting their first child in August 2010. It was midnight when she complained of labour pain. Imtiyaz called up Seva Sadan Hospital for an ambulance. The vehicle came, but was parked near Marwari College, less than half-a-kilometre from their house. The husband had to carry Anima on a stretcher up to the ambulance
Brajesh Singh put off his plans of constructing the first floor of his house because coolies are asking an exorbitant fee to unload and carry materials from trucks that are parked on the main road
Welcome to Indira Vikas Nagar located in ward No. 25 in the heart of Ranchi. But that’s in name only. In reality, the area is cut off from the rest of the city, thanks to absence of roads.
One needs to be blessed with sheer athletic skills to reach the area, as a huge drain in the north has snapped all links to it.
Constructions on three other sides — east, south and west — have come up in such a way that the locality is walled in.
While pedestrians can walk across or even two-wheelers can slip through narrow lanes between two construction sites, ride on a four-wheeler is next to impossible.
One is left with no choice other than to park the vehicle near Marwari College (boys’ section) and simply walk.
Firoz, a local resident, rues that his car is gathering dust and rust.
“I do not remember when I drove it last. We do not have a proper road and upcoming residential projects, which have come up on all sides, have blocked the stretches that we used to take earlier,” he added.
No wonder, Imtiyaz and his wife have vowed not to plan their second child unless a proper thoroughfare is constructed, while Singh will renovate his house only when the road is fit for trucks and other heavy vehicles to come in.
Ward councillor Md Aslam said his prime concern was to get a small bridge constructed over the drain.
“We also need a PCC road that will connect the locality with Chhota Talab area,” he added.
Thankfully, last week, Ranchi Municipal Corporation embarked on a mission to construct a 20ft long bridge over the drain.
The civic guardians are shelling out Rs 1.5 lakh for the same.
CEO of the civic body Dipankar Panda said local residents and councillor brought the problems of the locality to the corporation’s notice after which construction started on priority basis.