Boo this! A yawning crater on the road leading to Golmuri Market on Friday. For a city that prided itself on its civic maintenance, this is a shocker. (Bhola Prasad)
Bumpy rides on Jamshedpur roads are a rude shock for commuters who were till recently used to creamy-smooth glides in India’s first planned industrial township.
On Friday, The Telegraph carried a survey of some important roads to prick holes in Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco’s promise that all vital arteries would be repaired immediately after monsoon.
Craters and potholes can still be found on roads three months after monsoon bid adieu.
The busy stretch of Sakchi Main Road from the roundabout to Basant Talkies, some 400 metres long, has at least three big craters.
The road, opposite Sakchi bus stand, witnesses over 1.5 lakh vehicles daily and is linked to connecting arteries to Sakchi market at many points. Buses and auto-rickshaws en route to Tatanagar, Golmuri and Telco ply on the stretch.
“One has to negotiate these craters carefully. As it is, the road is crowded. Craters came up during monsoon, but authorities have not bothered to fix them despite this being such an important road,” said Satbir Singh Somu, youth BJP leader and trader.
Another potholed stretch is the double-laned Sakchi-Kalimati Road, especially near Kalimati roundabout. At least six sizeable craters can be seen between Kalimati roundabout and RD Tata roundabout, again a distance of 400 metres.
The stretch links Sakchi to Kasidih, Burmamines, Golmuri and Tatanagar, sees a daily vehicular traffic of around a lakh and has many hotels, restaurants, educational institutions and offices of transport firms.
“People who know about the craters drive carefully. Par naye log ko kafi muskil hota hai, bahut bar chhota mota accident bhi hota hai (Commuters new to the stretch face problems, there are frequent minor mishaps),” said Srinivas Raju, an office staff of a commercial transport firm.
Roads at Golmuri Market are also riddled with potholes. Last year, BJP youth wing blocked Golmuri Main Road to demand their immediate repair. Jusco repaired only one road last November and did not touch the others.
“Roads here are quite bad. It is surprising that Jusco has ignored Golmuri Market, one of the city’s oldest commercial hubs, despite protests by shopkeepers and people,” Pawan Kumar, a medicine shop owner in Golmuri Market, said.
Craters are also found on stretch of Straight Mile Road between Sakchi roundabout and Baridih auto-rickshaw stand as well as Sakchi’s Sitla Mandir stretch.
When contacted, Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan admitted they had promised to repair roads after monsoon. “We have taken up repairs with the help of better technology. The work is continuing,” he said.
When told about these problem areas, he expressed ignorance. “We will look into this. All roads will be repaired before Founder’s Day celebration on March 3,” he said.
Which road in the city needs Jusco’s attention most urgently?