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Second Kharkai link opens today

The wait is finally over for the commuters of Jamshedpur and Adityapur.

The second bridge over river Kharkai — linking the steel city with the industrial township in Seraikela-Kharsawan district — will be thrown open to vehicles from Tuesday, as work on the approach roads from Bistupur-end is almost over. Vehicles will be allowed on both carriageways of the new bridge parallel to the existing one.

Also, two high-mast lamps have been installed to light up the zone, where the approach roads meet the bridge. The lamps sprang to life on Monday evening.

A senior official of Tata Steel’s logistics department, which built the approach roads in Bistupur, said that though some work was left, the stretches were motorable. “The roads still need some finishing touches, which will take around a week and half more. But they are completely fit for vehicular movement now. So, the second bridge will be opened tomorrow (Tuesday),” said the senior official.

He added only plastering of the roadsides and roundabouts and painting work were pending. Also, leftover construction materials need to be removed from the approach roads.

The official further said the left flank of the approach roads had been completely reconstructed, but the right flank could not be rebuilt due to space crunch. “We have only repaired the right flank. Now, we are planning to widen it,” he added.

The Bistupur approach ways were a bottleneck in making the second bridge operational. Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited completed the ones on Adityapur-side within four months.

The bridge, the foundation stone for which was laid in December 2007, was to be inaugurated on April 6, 2010.

However, due to hitches, the road construction department extended the deadline several times.

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