Dividers with fresh coat of paint on the repaired Sakchi highway near SNP Area on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
With barely a month left for the 175th birth anniversary celebration of Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, major arteries of the steel city are getting a makeover.
Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco has started plugging potholes and cracks on major thoroughfares of Jamshedpur. The road dividers on these arteries, made of kerbstones, are being painted in yellow and black combination.
The central verge on Sakchi highway, connecting the commercial hub with Mango, is already boasting a fresh coat of paint. Similar treatment will be given to roundabouts and dividers on Sakchi Kalimati Road, Bistupur Main Road, Straight Mile Road and the one near Centre of Excellence.
Jusco is using cost effective, durable and skid-resistant micro-surfacing technology to repair the major roads. The technology, pioneered by Germans and used in the US, Europe and Australia, trebles the life of roads and the surface resists potholes caused due to water seepage. It also contains skidding on wet roads, reducing chances of mishaps.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan confirmed that road repair and painting of dividers and traffic islands would be completed before Founder’s day celebrations on March 3.
“This year, several stretches had developed potholes due to the extended monsoon that continued till October-November. Our officials have taken up work on a war footing to meet the deadline,” he added.
Besides the micro-surfacing technique, traditional bituminous mixture is also being used to fill craters on major roads of Jamshedpur.
Jusco general manager (business development and corporate services) Rituraj Sinha said the dividers across the city were being painted yellow and black to maintain uniformity. Earlier, the centre verges boasted white and black colours.
Senior officials of Jusco further said that like every year, major arteries of the city would be illuminated ahead of Founder’s Day.
Stretches of Inner Circle Road (from Jusco power substation to Centre for Excellence), Office Road, Straight Mile Road (from Dorabji Tata Park to Baug-e-Jamsheed School) and Pipeline Road will boast LED lighting for four days from March 2.