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Jusco clears Sakchi artery

Commuters frequenting Straight Mile Road stretch via Sakchi market were pleasantly surprised to see Jusco’s underground waterpipe repair work over and the artery restored to its normal, smooth self.

But, those using the 700m stretch on Dimna Road in Mango were not as lucky. Jusco, which is constructing a drain, has kept raw materials and dug-up mud piled on the road.

The Telegraph highlighted commuter problems on both the two stretches (Jusco works squeeze roads, Feb. 11), which prompted one solution.

Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said The Telegraph report spurred swift completion of repair work on the Sakchi stretch, but added that clearing the Mango artery would take time.

“The construction work of underground drain has been slow due to rampant encroachment on the Dimna Road. This apart, heavy vehicles are parked on both sides of the central verge making it difficult to lift construction materials and filth,” he said.

In Sakchi, Jusco had an easier time in doing damage control within 48 hours.

“The number of workers deployed on Straight Mile Road was almost doubled after The Telegraph published the report. Work was carried out round-the-clock to fix water pipelines at the earliest. The leakage was plugged on Wednesday night and levelling work was over by Thursday morning,” a Jusco official, refusing to be named, said.

“It was a challenge to complete the work so quickly as the artery is choked by encroachment and heavy traffic,” said the source.

Sakchi commuters are happy.

“I left home for office half-an-hour before my normal time for fear of being caught in traffic snarls. But, fortunately there was no jam. I had time to sip tea at a stall and then head for office,” smiled Srinivas Pathak (42), a Tata Steel employee.