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Kandra road gains pace

- Solution’s in the pipeline for delayed service lanes

The much-awaited Tata-Kandra four-lane is expectantly eyeing March 31 completion.

For, executing agency Jharkhand Accelerated Road Development Company Limited (JARDCL) has come up with an alternative drainage plan to quickly finish the service lanes along the 15km newly built thoroughfare between Jamshedpur and Adityapur.

The JARDCL has not only decided to compromise on the width of drains, but also lay cemented pipes on spots where they cannot construct one owing to encroachment.

“We have resumed our work from S-Type area, where a land dispute between rayat Sitaram Singh and the road construction department had halted progress. We are installing drainage pipes here instead of constructing three-feet wide drains according to our original plan,” a JARDCL official said.

Work on the service lanes has remained suspended since December with a number of building owners moving Jharkhand High Court to challenge the possible takeover of their land for the project.

Among notable ones were S-Type quarters and Sathpathy building along Adityapur Main Road, Vinod Srivastava’s building in Gamharia and Ghorababa Road in Adityapur.

JARDCL senior manager Amit Garg on Monday said they had decided not to wait for the disputes to be resolved.

“Let the court deal with the cases and writ petitions. We have come up with a temporary yet feasible solution to finish the project this fiscal,” Garg told The Telegraph.

He specified that they would not touch disputed portions. Drains will be constructed on land in their possession. “We will link the drain with pipes where construction is not possible because of space crunch,” Garg reiterated.

The JARDCL official added that their next stop would be Sathpathy building area.

The Rs 185.5-crore widening project, which began in June 2011 to decongest industrial arteries, had an original deadline of April 2013.