Revamp work in progress at the roundabout near Voltas Building in Jamshedpur on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
New year, new look.
An illuminated fountain, lush landscape and palm trees will deck up the five-decade-old roundabout near Voltas Building on Bistupur Main Road in Jamshedpur by February-end.
Tata Steel is undertaking the beautification drive of the huge rotary, spread over 2,000sqft and acting as a link among the commercial hub of Bistupur, Jugsalai, Tatanagar station and the industrial area of Adityapur, at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh.
The landscaping job has been handed over to the horticultural unit of Tata Steel’s subsidiary Jusco.
“The entire project is a part of a larger exercise under which several important roundabouts are being beautified across the steel city. We had selected this roundabout as it is located on a crucial stretch and is virtually an entry point to the city from Tatanagar station. The beautification drive began this month. It will be completed within two months,” said a spokesperson of Tata Steel, unwilling to be named.
At present, the roundabout is devoid of any embellishment. There is a defunct fountain without any light, a few wooden carvings and a low grille fence. There is no proper landscaping as such.
Sources said the illuminated fountain would serve two purposes — decorate the place and make the roundabout visible to vehicles and thus, lessen the chances of mishaps.
“We will add bright lights to the spiral-shaped fountain from where water will come out with many points. The well-lit roundabout, which also has a high mast light, will help us check mishaps,” said the Tata Steel official.
He further said that the roundabout would be the first in the city to sport palm trees instead of the usual flowering plants and ornamental species like Agave americana.
The landscaping will be done with civil debris, that is the leftovers of construction materials. After the concrete base is laid, a soil layer of organic manure (compost) will be added. Mexican grass will cover the patches, acting as a grass turf.
The roundabout edges will be built using modified pre-cast concrete kerb stones, while the height of the fence will be raised.
“Kerb stones will be used instead of cemented platforms on the edges of the roundabout. This is because cemented edges undergo wear and tear when vehicles pass by and get damaged with time. Modified pre-cast concrete kerb stones are more durable. A grille of more height will be erected to prevent illegal intrusion into the roundabout,” a source said.
Over 1.5 lakh vehicles ply on the Bistupur-Tatanagar station road daily, while nearly 1 lakh use the stretch for going towards Adityapur and Gamharia in the neighbouring district of Seraikela-Kharsawan.
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