The dilapidated stretch of the NH-33 near Tamar
Ranchi, Oct. 26: Union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh today directed officials concerned to repair the NH-33 stretch connecting the state capital with the steel city at the earliest.
Ramesh, who chaired a high-profile meeting at Project Building in Ranchi, categorically asked the officials to begin work as soon as weather improved and complete repair of around 150km stretch in 30 days thereafter.
Chief secretary R.S. Sharma, principal secretary (road construction) Rajbala Verma, NHAI chief general manager R.K. Bansal and general manager Khushal Chand (who looks after projects in Jharkhand) and representatives of Madhucon Projects Limited were present during the one-hour-long meeting.
Madhucon is the main executing agency for the Rs 1479-crore four-lane project between Ranchi and Jamshedpur. It is also responsible for repair and maintenance of the highway, considered the lifeline of Jharkhand.
Speaking to The Telegraph from Delhi, Bansal (he left for the national capital soon after the meeting) said, “The monsoon has wreaked havoc on the stretch. No bituminous work would sustain, if it continues to rain. So, Madhucon has been given one-month time to repair the existing two-lane stretch, once the rain stops.”
He added that the NHAI was hopeful of achieving the mid-2015 deadline for completing the four-lane work.
During the meeting, Ramesh sought the state’s help for the Catholic Bishop Conference of India’s proposed 1,000-bed hospital. The project has been hanging balance for the last couple of years in want of suitable land.
Chief secretary Sharma told Ramesh that a plot could be arranged for the hospital in the proposed Knowledge City in Khunti district.
Earlier on the day, Ramesh launched an ambitious online cadastral mapping project, Vasudha.
To start with the project has been launched in Ranchi district only, and will be extended to other districts in due course.