Madhucon workers even out the NH-33 surface near Big Bazaar on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Commuters can hope for a smooth ride on NH-33 this Diwali.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday issued a 10-day deadline to Madhucon Projects Limited the concessionaire executing the Rs 1,479-crore widening project to make ugly stretches of the arterial road motorable.
Speaking over phone from Ranchi, NHAI chief general manager Ravindra Kumar said: We have directed the concessionaire to complete repair work on a 50km stretch of NH-33 between Chandil and Galudih within 10 days. The firm has already started work on a war footing at five different points.
The development came a day after a senior citizen lodged an FIR against the NHAI top brass for failing to repair the busy highway that links Ranchi and Jamshedpur.
Uma Shanker Mishra (64), a former Tata Steel employee and a resident of Mango, had taken the trouble of meeting East Singhbhum SSP Richard Lakra after sustaining injuries on the highway.
His bike had skidded on stone chips strewn on the road between Big Bazaar and Dimna Square on Tuesday.
The NHAI boss said they were not at fault as they were always requesting the concessionaire to complete repair work, but the same was not being initiated because of a continuing wet spell.
Now, with the meteorological department confirming that monsoon had withdrawn from the state, we will mount pressure on them, the senior NHAI official added.
Madhucon officials confirmed that repair work on the 50km potholed stretch between Chandil and Galudih had begun from Wednesday.
We are confident of meeting the deadline. Our teams have been mobilised in Chandil, Asanboni, Pardih, Dimna and Baliguma, said senior project manager Uday Kumar.
In the first phase, potholes between Chandil and Galudih will be filled with a bituminous mix, while in the second, a coat of bitumen will be relaid on the 6km surface between Saherbera in Chandil and Pardih Kali Mandir near Jamshedpur.
In another development, the concessionaire has been asked to construct the two new lanes on the stretch within five months from Wednesday.
Workers of Madhucon reacted promptly to this NHAI directive as well. Workers were seen engaged in clearing and grubbing exercises at Fadlugora for the construction of the new lanes.
We are confident of meeting the deadline. The two lanes, having a total width of nine metres, will be completed within five months, Uday Kumar said.
The daily load of over 1.5 lakh vehicles on the highway will be diverted to the new lanes before the existing lanes are subjected to repair.
Madhucons will maintain the four-lane highway for 15 years.